If you’re expecting a solemn experience while viewing this 200 year old, 34-foot long scroll from Japan’s Edo Period, you may want to slightly lower your expectations because you’re in for a good dose of toilet humor.

The He-Gassen scroll translates to ‘ fart competitions’, so be prepared for a whole lot of flatulence! Painted by a group of unknown Japanese artists, the scroll shows groups of people in unsightly positions blasting gas towards each other. Looking beyond the obvious crassness, the drawings are said to depict the social climate of the time, when foreigners were viewed with mistrust, inciting xenophobia and racism during the end of Japan’s Edo period. See the digitized prints up close here.

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