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Wang Hsian Catching Carp
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Wang Hsian Catching Carp, circa 1840, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Nijūshikō Chōji Kagami (Mirror for the Children of the Twenty-four Stories of Filial Piety)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 241.3 x 355.6 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 14 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.078

Outdoor, winter scene. There are three figures on a river bank, Wang Hsian sits down with a fish on the bank next to him. There is a hole in the river ice at the bottom right, where he caught his fish. Two other figures are walking along the bank, going diagonally from lower left to mid-right. There is blue sky along the upper edge. Mica on ice. Cartouche at upper right describes the story.