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Hotei carrying three children across a stream in a bag on his head
  • Kawanabe Kyōsai
    1831–1889
    born: Koga, Shimosa province (present-day Ibaraki prefecture), Japan ; died: Tokyo, Japan ; active: Japan
  • Hotei carrying three children across a stream in a bag on his head, circa 1880s or 1890s, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 495 x 359 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1963
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An enlarged copy with a verse above of a print orginally published in March of 1864 (Milne-Henderson, Zeshin and related artist, no. 75), or perhaps both prints were copies of a painting, since they are engraved in a very painterly style. The three children seem to parody the Three Monkeys who see, hear and speak no evil, an allusion which is explicitly mentioned in the poem.