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Benkei and Chinese princess
  • Katsushika Hokusai
    born: Katsushika ward, Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Benkei and Chinese princess, 1820, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Soramitsuya-ren wakan buyū awase: Sanban no uchi (Japan and China in Contests of Bravery) (Japanese and Chinese Heroes for the Soramitsuya Circle: A Series of Three)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 215 x 191 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 84 5/8 x 75 3/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1580

Color print of a man and woman, the man is standing in the bottom of the print, and the woman is lying along the right side. The man is holding the two ends of a long, golden rope, which is wrapped around the back of the woman's neck. There are flowering branches around the two figures, and there is calligraphy in the top left corner of the print. Poems by Maeda, Magara, Kihō, and Komichi.