Snake and Boar, from the series Zodiac Pairs in the Floating World (Ukiyo nanatsume awase)
Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #464.6; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 98.2.2; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #465; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #125; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 355-6 (this design not illustrated)
Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 23.7 cm (14 7/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The series title is literally “Seventh-sign Matches in the Floating World,” referring to the belief that the seventh zodiac sign after the sign of one’s birth was an especially lucky one.
No censor's seal
March 1915, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection