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Rabbit and Fish

A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.


spring 1855


Japanese, active 19th century

About this artwork

This print was made in the year of the rabbit, and the animal has a minor role on the print surface: as a part of the decoration on the packaging of a child’s fishing game. The fishing game came in a simple package printed with a pattern of waves. The title on the package reads Haru no umi, literally the “Ocean of Spring,” or, in this context, “New Year’s Ocean.” The object of the game was to hook the large red sea bream, a traditional New Year delicacy, with the small fishing pole provided. The game was probably played at New Year’s, when everyone took a break from work and spent their time eating, visiting, and playing.


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Arts of Asia


Shikô Shikô


Rabbit and Fish


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Color woodblock print; surimono


25.5 × 18.6 cm (10 1/16 × 7 3/8 in.)

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Charles H. Mitchell Collection unrestricted gift

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