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Kuo Chü and his Wife Unearthing Pot of Gold
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Kuo Chü and his Wife Unearthing Pot of Gold, circa 1840, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Nijūshikō Chōji Kagami (Mirror for the Children of the Twenty-four Stories of Filial Piety)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 245.7 x 355.6 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 5/8 x 14 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.079

An outdoor scene, with thatched roof cottages at left. There is a woman with a small naked child to the left of a hole in the ground with a pot of gold in it. To the right stands Kuo Chü holding a hoe, he has just unearthed the pot. Along the right side is a river with boats and a man fishing. The sky is pink and blue. Elements of Western art, including Western perspective. Cartouche at upper right describes the story.