At the Hour of the Chicken on the 30th Day of the 9th Month, People Born in Wood Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Kugatsu sanjûnichi mokusei no hito uke ni iru); Figurines of Lucky Things

「九月三十日酉之刻 木性之人うけに入」 福助、福女、福禄寿等の置物

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Ikumaru (Japanese, active late 1860s–1870s), Publisher Jôshûya Jûzô / Jûbei (Kinjûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 26.3 cm (14 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.41999

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

According to yin-yang divination (onmyôdô), luck followed a cycle of seven good years and then five bad years, according to one’s year of birth. The ages of people in the lucky category are listed.

Signed

Ikumaru ga

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:卯正改
彫師:なし

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection