People Born in Metal Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle in the Year of the Rabbit on the 10th Day of the 2nd Month (Kinsei no hito u no toshi nigatsu tôka uke ni iru): Fukusuke and Fukujo in a Parody of a Soga Brothers Play

「金情の人 卯ノ年二月十日 うけに入」 福助と福女の見立曽我

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Ansei 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese


Catalogue Raisonné

Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #155

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 × 24.2 cm (13 7/8 × 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.41242

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

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga
一恵斎芳幾画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Tada (Chû ?)
改印:改、寅十二
彫師:彫忠

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