Darkness Is But a Step Away (Issun saki wa yami), Dig a Pitfall, Make Two Holes (Hito o inoraba ana futatsu), from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu)

狂斎百図 「一寸さきハやみ 人をいのらば穴二つ」

Edo period
1863–66 (Bunkyû 3–Keiô 2)
Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kaikan sanjû shûnen kinen Kawanabe Kyôsai kinen bijutsukan cat. (2008), p. 103, #0791 (sheet of 4); Tokita, E de tanoshimu Edo no kotowaza (2005), p. 202; Oikawa, Clark & Forrer, Comic Genius: Kawanabe Kyôsai/Kyôsai giga kyôga ten (1996), #122-7


Vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban); about 19 x 12.7 cm (7 1/2 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions:
Uncut sheet: 11.45393.10
Right side only: 11.22643, 11.36995, 11.45800.42
Left side only: 11.22638, 11.37007


Kyôsai ga


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection