The Auspicious Custom of Shibaraku Scenes (Kichirei shibaraku): A Firm Foundation for the Four Social Classes (Yotsu no tami ugokanu ishizue)
「吉例暫」 「四民不動礎（よつのたみうこかぬいしずへ）」 （鯰絵）
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Unknown, Japanese
Horizontal ôban; 24.5 x 35.2 cm (9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.35939, 11.35940, 11.38589
A shibaraku scene with the Four Scary Things (thunderstorm, fire, earthquake, and strict father).
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