In the Year of the Horse, at the Hour of the Horse on the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth and Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Uma gogatsu yôka uma no koku dosuisei uke ni iru): Actor Onoe Kikugorô IV (?) in Five Roles That Start with Fu, i
「午五月八日午ノ刻 土水情うけニ入」 四代目尾上菊五郎ヵ
Horizontal ôban; 25.6 x 37 cm (10 1/16 x 14 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
Ritsusensai Kunisato 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)
 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