In the Year of the Chicken, at the Hour of the Chicken on the 8th Day of the 8th Month, People Born in Wood Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Tori no hachigatsu yôka tori no koku kisei no hito uke ni iru): Lucky Things That Start with the Syllable Fu
1849 (Kaei 2)
Horizontal ôban; 25.2 × 37 cm (9 15/16 × 14 9/16 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.
Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga
Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
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: January 19, 2005)
 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