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Maker(s):Katsushika Hokusai
Culture:Japanese (1760-1849)
Title:Wooden Horse ('Mokuba'), from the series "A Set of Horses" ('Umazukushi')
Date Made:ca. 1822
Materials:woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper with metallic elements
Place Made:Edo
Measurements:overall: 8 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in; 20.6 cm x 19.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.704
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College


Label Text:
This surimono print is part of a series of 30 designs commissioned by a poetry group in celebration of the year of the horse 1822, each featuring objects related to horses, such as the saddle and stirrups seen here. These still-lifes, known as takara-awase, or “treasure assemblies,” were popular amongst the poetry groups of Edo, who would hold verse contests related to them, with the winning poems inscribed on the commemorative print. This example contains three different poems. Often the winning poem was denoted by the presence of a small circle above the name of the victorious poet, as can be seen here at upper-left.
- BB, ed., 2015

Another impression of this design is held by the Brooklyn Museum (acc. no. 2001.125.1). Another print from this series is held by the British Museum, acc no. 1937,0710,0.212. - BB, 2014

still lifes; text; writing; woods

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