Snake, the Sixth Month (Mi, Minazuki), from the series Twelve Signs of the Zodiac (Jûni shi)
「十二支 巳 水無月」
Artist Ishikawa Toyomasa (Japanese, active 1770–1780)
Vertical chûban; 26 x 18.6 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The complete series: 11.19766–11.19777 (plus 54.238, duplicate of 11.19767).
Ishikawa Toyomasa ga
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