In 1864, the Year of the Wood Rat, People Born in Fire Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle on the 15th Day of the 11th Month (Genji gan, kinoe ne no toshi, kasei no hito jûichigatsu jûgonichi uke ni iru): Fukusuke with a Living Painting of Daikoku
「元治元甲子年 火性の人 十一月十五日 有卦に入る」 福助と大黒の絵
Vertical ôban; 36 x 25.1 cm (14 3/16 x 9 7/8 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.
Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame
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