On the 8th Day of the 5th Month, People Born in Earth and Water Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle (Gogatsu yôka dosuisei uke ni iru): Lucky Things That Start with "Fu"
Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.5 cm (14 3/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.2276, 11.26459
The picture shows lucky things that start with “fu.” Clockwise from the top: Fuji no yama (Mount Fuji), Fukusuke (Lucky Man), fude (brush), fûrin (wind bell), furoshiki (cloth wrapper), fumi (letter), Fukujo (Lucky Woman).
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.
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: August 3, 1911)
 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