Snake and Boar, from the series Zodiac Pairs in the Floating World (Ukiyo nanatsume awase)

「浮世七ツ目合」 卯酉

Japanese
Edo period
about 1800–01 (Kansei 12–Kyôwa 1)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #464.6; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 98.2.2; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #465; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #125; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 355-6 (this design not illustrated)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 23.7 cm (14 7/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.6540

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series title is literally “Seventh-sign Matches in the Floating World,” referring to the belief that the seventh zodiac sign after the sign of one’s birth was an especially lucky one.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

Provenance

March 1915, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection