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Kinutagai (The Pounding Block Shell)
  • Katsushika Hokusai
    born: Katsushika ward, Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Kinutagai (The Pounding Block Shell), 1821, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Genroku kasen kai awase (The Genroku Poem Shells)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 200 x 178 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 78 3/4 x 70 1/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1570

Color print of two women seated on a shoreline, in front of a rectangular table and another figure in the background, holding a long stick into a basket that is in a body of water. The two women are holding sticks above their heads, preparing to pound dark masses on the table. There is calligraphy throughout the top of the print. Poems by Chikujuan Haruyoshi and Kogetsutei Yoshimura.