A Money Tree (Eisenju no zu)
Artist Urakusai Nagahide (Japanese, active about 1805–1848)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 128
Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 23.7 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock/stencil print (kappazuri); ink on paper, with stenciled color
Not On View
In ukiyo-e prints, a money tree (kane no naru ki) is a good-luck symbol consisting of a tree with coins for leaves, and a trunk and branches made up of characters that spell out auspicious phrases all ending in the syllable “ki,” a pun on “tree.” Daikoku and Ebisu, the gods of prosperity (associated with rice and fish respectively) are often shown beneath the tree; but in this print, the gods are replaced by a happy family enjoying their wealth.
1949, anonymous gift to the MFA.