At the Hour of the Horse on the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth Signs and Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle and Will Have Good Fortune for Seven Years (Dosei suisei no hito gogatsu yôka uma no toki uke ni iri shichikanen yorozu yoshi): Fukusu

「土性水性の人五月八日午の時有卦に入 七ヶ年の内万よし」 福助

Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Yoshifuji (Japanese, 1828–1889), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #169 (variant); Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), #3-16-3 (variant); Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #27 (variant)


Vertical ôban; 35.7 × 25.9 cm (14 1/16 × 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The figure is made up of objects that start with the syllable fu: writing brush (fude), bag fukuro), blowfish (fugu), etc.
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 each category are listed.


Ippôsai Yoshifuji ga


Censor's seal: Horse 3
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)

[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