Symbols of Luck - Prints and Paintings as Lucky Charms

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts

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Since ancient times images of pine, bamboo, plum, the crane and turtle, lucky plants and animals, along with the 7 lucky gods, Sennin the symbol of longevity, and compositions of Mount Fuji, two hawks and 3 aubergines have been popularly depicted as symbols of fortune. In the Edo period these images were commonly found as prints and ukiyo-e, and came used as New Year decorations. People have continued for hundreds of years to wish for health, long life, prosperity and success. This exhibition presents a vast selection of 200 works from the likes of Hiroshige Utagawa, Ike no Taiga, Jakuchu Ito, Oukyo Maruyama, Houitsu Sakai and Buncho Tani in the form of ukiyo-e, wood prints, scrolls and folding screens, tracing the development of good luck images through the Edo period.

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Lecture (with sign language)
Date: 13th October(Sun) 14:00-15:30
Guest: Katsushi Serizawa (Associate Professor of Waseda University)
Venue: Museum Lecture Hall



From 2013-09-28 To 2013-11-24



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