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#49 Dainagou Yoshinobu Asou (Palace workmen resting by a gate)
  • Katsushika Hokusai
    1760–1849
    born: Katsushika ward, Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • #49 Dainagou Yoshinobu Asou (Palace workmen resting by a gate), circa 1836, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki (The 100 Poems as Told by the Old Nurse)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 220 x 353 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 5/8 x 13 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 220 x 353 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 5/8 x 13 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7790
Description

Workmen resting by fire. The poet Dainagon Yoshinobu Asou (922-991) sitting on hilltop behind fence and looking at ocean. Flowering sakura tree. Poem, TR corner.
Poem reads:
Like the warden's fire
At the Imperial gateway kept
Burning through the night
Through the day in ashes dulled
Is the love aglow in me