People Born in Fire Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle, at the Hour of the Rat on the 6th Day of the 11th Month (Kasei no hito uke ni iru, jûichigatsu muika ne no toki)

「火性の人うけに入 十一月六日子の時」

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshitsuna (Japanese, active about 1848–1868), Publisher Jôshûya Jûzô / Jûbei (Kinjûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 × 23.4 cm (13 7/8 × 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22736

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.22736, 11.37309

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

Ittôsai Yoshitsuna ga
一登斎芳綱画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 7
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、渡辺、子七
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