Picture of the Twelve Animals to Protect the Safety of the Home (Kanai anzen o mamoru Jûnishi no zu)

「家内安全ヲ守 十二支之図」

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 9th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #78

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 × 24.3 cm (13 7/8 × 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41304

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The animal is a composite of parts of the twelve animals of the zodiac.

Inscription

Poem, with the names of the zodiac animals embedded: UkiTATSU ya/ TORA ni okiINE/ TORIkoMIte/ moU UMAInuru/ HITSUJI SARU koro
「う(卯)きたつ(辰)や虎(寅)におき稲(亥子)とり(酉)込ミ(巳)てもう(丑)うま(午)いぬ(戌)るひつじ(未)さる(申)ころ」

Signed

Gakumen ga Yoshitora sha

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 9
No blockcutter's mark
改印:午九
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: 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