Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Etsujira, circa 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 348 x 73 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 11/16 x 2 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 348 x 73 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 11/16 x 2 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1641

Chinese figure, bald with full beard, fishes by river. By him a bamboo basket for bait and a net tied to the pole. He stands beneath a willow tree in rough clothes with tied string over his shoulder. Poem above. Character (Etsujira) possibly relates to Spring and Autumn annals.