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Monoaragai (The Turban Shell)
  • Katsushika Hokusai
    born: Katsushika ward, Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Monoaragai (The Turban 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: 204 x 183 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 80 5/16 x 72 1/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7770

Surimono print of a landscape scene. Bottom half is landscape, top half of compositionis neutral with text and two cartouches. Additional text at center left. Bridge crosses over stylized body of water below center. Tori gate at lower left. Structures and trees on all sides of water, including bottom left corner, lower right, and horizontally across the center. Birds and boats on the surface of the water. People on bridge. Colors include blue, orange, green, and brown. Karazuri (blind printing) on the waves. Fan shaped cartouche at center right has shell and text. Poems by Shinratei Manzō, Shinyūtei Hitonari, and Kogetsutei Shizune.