Congratulations on Good Fortune in the Year of the Horse (Uma no toshi uke no on-iwai): People Born in Earth Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle on the 8th Day of the 5th Month (Dosei no hito gogatsu yôka uke ni iru); People Born in Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle

「午の年うけの御いわい」「土性ノ人五月八日有卦入」「水性ノ人五月八日有卦入」

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Horikoshi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 22.2 cm (13 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.22193

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 each category are listed.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga

一勇斎国芳戯画

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 4
No blockcutter's mark

改印:午四
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: 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