In 1864, the Year of the Wood Rat, at the Hour of the Rat on the Day of the Rat, the 15th Day of the 11th Month, People Born in Fire Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle, and for Seven Years through the Year of the Horse, Everything Will Be Fortunate (Genji gan, kin

「元治元甲子年 十一月十五日子ノ日子ノ刻 火性之人有卦に入 午年迄七ヶ年之間万吉」

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 24.5 × 35.7 cm (9 5/8 × 14 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16273

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

Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga
一猛斎芳虎画

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
改印:なし
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