The Great Earthquake as a Sumô Match
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Unknown, Japanese
Horizontal ôban; 24.4 x 35 cm (9 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The Kashima Deity serves as referee for a bout between the earthquake catfish and the thunder god.
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