Otokonosuke's LInes from the Play Meiseki Senzai Hane (Meiseki senzai hane Otokonosuke no serifu)
「名石千歳刎（めいせきせんざいはね） 男之助せりふ」 （鯰絵）
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Unknown, Japanese
Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 27 cm (14 5/16 x 10 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.35949, 11.38638
A catfish parody of a scene from the play Meiboku Sendai Hagi in which the hero Otokonosuke strikes a rat that is really the sorceror Nikki Danjô.
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)
 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