People Born in Fire Signs Enter a Lucky Cycle, at the Hour of the Rat on the 6th Day of the 11th Month (Kasei no hito uke ni iru, jûichigatsu muika ne no toki)
Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.4 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.22736, 11.37309
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 the lucky category are listed.
Ittôsai Yoshitsuna ga
Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 7
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