On the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Gogatsu yôka, uke ni iru, dosei no hito): Fukusuke with Daikoku and Fukurokuju
「五月八日 有卦入 土情の人」 福助、大黒、福禄寿
Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 24.7 cm (14 1/2 x 9 3/4 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.
Ritsusensai Kunisato ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Horse 3
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