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Benkei and Shizuka
  • Keisai Eisen
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Benkei and Shizuka, 1829, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Ushiwaka rokkasen (Ushiwaka and the Six Immortal Poets)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 206 x 182 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 81 1/8 x 71 5/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1495
Label Text

Color print of a man and a woman seated in an interior. The man is holding a carving tool and a small piece of wood. He is wearing a long, black robe, with a green sash across his chest. The woman is seated slightly further back, and she is wearing a long, printed robe. She has long, dark hair which falls behind her shoulders, and she is wearing a floral wreath around her head. There is a small, flat box in front of the woman, a teapot beside her, and a small piece of furniture behind the woman, filled with books. There is calligraphy in the top of the print. Poems by Shūchōdō, Shūhaien Akaki, and Shūseitei Tsutaki.