Grudge Match (Ada ni torikumite), from the series Forty-eight Moves in the Floating World (Ukiyo shijû hatte)
Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen (2012), list #232-1 (no photo); another print from the series: Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 8 (1981), #315
Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 26.4 cm (15 1/4 x 10 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The term “shijû hatte” originally referred to the moves used in sumô wrestling but also came to mean the repertoire of sexual positions, so the series title is somewhat suggestive.
Keisai Eisen ga
Censor's seal: kiwame
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection