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Snake and Boar, 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

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.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

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

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 23.7 cm (14 7/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.6540

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints