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Maker(s):Totoya Hokkei
Culture:Japanese (1780-1850)
Title:Bullfinch Exchange (Usokai) from the series "Kogentei jūhachiban tsuzuki (Eighteen Illustrations for A Ladder to the Ancient Language)"
Date Made:1831, year of the rabbit
Materials:woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper with metallic pigments and embossing
Place Made:Asia; Japan; Edo
Measurements:sheet: 8 7/16 in x 7 5/16 in ; 21.4 cm x 18.6 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1990.38
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Carp leaping out of a lacquer bucket alongside a carved wooden bullfinch used for the "usokae" ritual at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo . Bucket inscribed with "Tamaya" (Treasure House) and "Kameido." Title in white on black and black and white split vertical rectangular cartouche. Series title in red below swastika emblem of Manji poetry group. Signed Hokkei. Three poems by Shinshōtei Minori, Morioka of Oku; Shinshūtei Shigekado; and Shinratei.

fish; water; text; movement

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