At the Hour of the Horse on the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth Signs and Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle and Will Have Good Fortune for Seven Years (Dosei suisei no hito gogatsu yôka uma no toki uke ni iri shichikanen yorozu yoshi): Fukusu
「土性水性の人五月八日午の時有卦に入 七ヶ年の内万よし」 福助
Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #169 (variant); Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #3-16-3 (variant); Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #27 (variant)
Vertical ôban; 35.7 × 25.9 cm (14 1/16 × 10 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The figure is made up of objects that start with the syllable fu: writing brush (fude), bag fukuro), blowfish (fugu), etc.
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 each category are listed.
Ippôsai Yoshifuji ga
Censor's seal: Horse 3
No blockcutter's mark
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