On the 5th Day of the 8th Month, People Born in Wood Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Hachigatsu itsuka mokusei no hito uke ni iru): Fukusuke and Fukujo with a Painting of Mount Fuji

「八月五日 木性の人うけに入」 福助、福女、富士の絵

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869), Publisher Yamadaya Shôjirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 24.5 cm (14 9/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.22775

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

Hiroshige hitsu
広重筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 7 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:酉七改
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