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Maker(s):Totoya Hokkei
Culture:Japanese (1780-1850)
Title:Wasuregai, Baikagai and Sakuragai Shells, from the series Kaizukushi [A Set of Shells]
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, surimono, ink and color with metallic pigment and mica on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Sheet/Image: 8 3/4 in x 7 9/16 in; 22.2 cm x 19.2 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Kaitsukushi]; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Motome ni oji Hokkei utsusu]; SEAL: recto, upp. r. (cartouche with red ink): [Japanese character, Jusanban no uchi]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Wasuregai [ill.] Yoyoan Teruzumi]; INSCRIPTION: rect, upp. ctr. (black ink): [Japanese character, Umenohanagai [ill.] Asahi Tomohiko]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Sakuragai [ill.] Asahi Nokimori]; SEAL: recto, upp. r. (red ink): [Japanese character, [ill.]]
Accession Number:  MH 2013.5.4
Credit Line:Gift of Jane Buck Hellawell (Class of 1949)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

A shikishiban-size surimono print depicting fourteen shells (a group of five small ones arranged in a circle at bottom right) with three poems inscribed above the image; a line of waves is pressed with metallic pigment and mica on the paper.

Ukiyo-e; seas; poetry

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