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Dragon and Dog, from the series Zodiac Pairs in the Floating World (Ukiyo nanatsume awase)

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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.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆

Provenance

1934, bequest of Nellie Parney Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934)

Credit Line

Nellie Parney Carter Collection—Bequest of Nellie Parney Carter

Japanese, Edo period, about 1800–01 (Kansei 12–Kyôwa 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #356; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #464.5; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 98.2.1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.3 x 25 cm (15 1/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

34.258

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints