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Maker(s):Katsushika Hokusai
Culture:Japanese (1760-1849)
Title:Kamada Matahachi Chikara [Kamada Matahachi (has) strength], from the book Ehon Wakan Homare [Picture Book of Noted Japanese and Chinese (Heroes)]
Date Made:1836 (Tenpo 7)
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); sumizuri-e, ink on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Mount: 10 in x 7 1/4 in; 25.4 cm x 18.4 cm; Sheet/Image: 7 5/16 in x 5 3/16 in; 18.6 cm x 13.2 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/DATE: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Mamesho no ryokaku maki no Hokusai aratame / Gakyo rojin manji hitsu / Ji nanajuroku sai]; TITLE: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Ehon / Wakan homare]; TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Kamada / Matahachi / Chikara].
Accession Number:  MH 1997.2.1
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

A vertical print of a half-naked man sitting on the floor with a box to his right and a pipe container and a small box to his left. Grabing his left leg with his left hand and smoking a kiseru pipe, he inserts a brush in his sandal and uses it to write inscriptions to the left. The expert brushman, Kamata Matahachi, demonstrates his deftness with the brush. He is seated smoking a kiseru pipe, a brush is inserted in his sandal. Another translation for the book title is "Picture Book of the Glories of Japan and China."

illustrations; Ukiyo-e; figurines; painters; heroes; legends; elderly

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