The Trigram Li, Fire: Profit, Returning Sails of Redeeming a Pawned Possession (Ri, Shichiuke no kihan), from the series Eight Views of Incidents in Daily Life: Women Representing the Eight Trigrams (Ningen banji ômi hakkei)
「人間万事愛婦美八卦意 （離）利 質請の帰帆」
The series: Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), list #108
Vertical ôban; 37.4 x 24.8 cm (14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: *11.15954 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.15965, 11.28731
The series title puns on “Eight Views of Ômi” and “Feminine Beauty for the Eight Trigrams” (the symbols used in Chinese-style fortune-telling).
Each print shows a kanji character in a magnifying glass (used by a fortune-teller to study the physiognomy of a client) that sounds like the Japanese name of the trigram depicted above it, but actually refers to the circumstances shown in the print.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
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