Brown (Kurige), from the series The In-between Colors of the Five Directions (Gohô kanshoku)

「五方 間色 驑」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Aoigaoka Keisei (Japanese, active 1820s–1830s)


Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.3 x 18.7 cm (8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.20065

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

In East Asian fortune-telling, the traditional symbolic colors of the five directions are yellow (center), blue-green (east), white (west), red (south), and black (north). The in-between colors are green (between yellow and blue-green), blue (between blue-green and white), pink (or orange; between white and red), purple (between red and black), and brown (between black and yellow).

Signed

Keisei

渓栖

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: August 3, 1911)

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