Picture of the Twelve Animals to Protect the Safety of the Home (Kanai anzen o mamoru Jûnishi no zu)
1858 (Ansei 5), 9th month
Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #78
Vertical ôban; 35.2 × 24.3 cm (13 7/8 × 9 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The animal is a composite of parts of the twelve animals of the zodiac.
Poem, with the names of the zodiac animals embedded: UkiTATSU ya/ TORA ni okiINE/ TORIkoMIte/ moU UMAInuru/ HITSUJI SARU koro
Gakumen ga Yoshitora sha
Censor's seal: Horse 9
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