User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Nozoku: Cleaning the Well in the Seventh Month (Fumizuki no idogae), from the series Scenes for the Twelve Correspondences According to the Ise Almanac, Middle Section (Reki chûdan tsukushi, Ise goyomi mitate jûni choku)

Start collecting

The Twelve Correspondences (jûni choku), an important feature of Edo-period astrology, were a chronological sequence of days that were considered lucky or unlucky for various activities, calculated according to the orientation of the Big DIpper with respect to the twelve signs of the zodiac...

Show Full Description

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga 香蝶楼豊国画

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) NOTES: [1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 25.7 cm (14 7/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42551

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints