Ricecakes of Joy for Three Occupations (Sanshoku yorokobi mochi)
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Unidentified, Japanese
Toraya, Atsumeru tanoshimi (Yoshida coll., 2012), #53
Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.29507.43, 11.38625
The three occupations who are happy because the earthquake has created work for them are construction workers (tobi), carpenters (daiku), and plasterers (sakan). The design is a parody of a very famous politlcal satire by Yoshitora, published in 1849; see 11.39729, 11.39730, 11.39731 (first ed., with seals), 11.39732 (first ed., with seals), 11.39737, 11.41423 .
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