In the Year of the Horse, at the Hour of the Horse on the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth and Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Uma gogatsu yôka uma no koku dosuisei uke ni iru): Actor Onoe Kikugorô IV (?) in Five Roles That Start with Fu, i

「午五月八日午ノ刻 土水情うけニ入」 四代目尾上菊五郎ヵ

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisato (Japanese, died in 1858), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 25.6 x 37 cm (10 1/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36823

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

Ritsusensai Kunisato ga

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 3
No blockcutter's mark

改印:午三
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: January 19, 2005)

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