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.
Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆
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
Japanese, Edo period, about 1800–01 (Kansei 12–Kyôwa 1)
Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #464.6; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 98.2.2; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 355-6 (this design not illustrated); Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #125
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