In 1864, the Year of the Wood Rat, at the Hour of the Rat on the 15th Day of the 11th Month, People Born in Fire Signs Will Enter a Lucky Period, and for Seven Years Everything Will Be Fortunate (Genji gan, kinoe ne no toshi, jûichigatsu jûgonichi ne no k
「元治元甲子のとし 十一月十五日子の刻 火性の人有卦に入 七年の間万吉」 福助、大黒、福禄寿
Vertical ôban; 36 x 25.2 cm (14 3/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
No censor's seal
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: August 3, 1911)
 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