Times and Circumstances (Tokiyo jisetsu): ThIngs You Need Right Now (Tôsei mochiiru mono) versus Things You Don't Need Any More (Tôsei oaida na mono), in the form of a sumô wrestling program (banzuke)
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Artist Unknown, Japanese
Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.6 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.29507.61, 11.38662, 11.38665
The fourth character in the title is written in a way that makes it resembles the character for “the pleasure quarter (kuruwa);” the resemblance may be deliberate.
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