A Peasant Crossing a Bridge, from the series A True Mirror of Chinese and Japanese Poems

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

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; nagaban.

Date:

late 1830s

Artist:

Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎
Japanese, 1760-1849

About this artwork

An old peasant returns from gathering the two bundles of horsetail rushes, which hang from a pole across his shoulder. Of the various poems about gathering rushes in the old anthologies, it is thought that Hokusai had in mind this poem from a 1303 collection:

When I was cutting horsetails
The autumn moon appeared
Shining through the trees
On Mount Sonahara.
(Translated by Matthi Forrer)

In this series of ten prints, the relevant poem was not included in the design. Instead, the artist challenged the Edo audience’s love of puzzles. Viewers enjoyed determining the source of a poem and its author.

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Artist

Katsushika Hokusai

Title

A Peasant Crossing a Bridge, from the series A True Mirror of Chinese and Japanese Poems

Origin

Japan

Date

1835–1839

Medium

Color woodblock print; nagaban

Dimensions

50.0 x 23.2 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson

Reference Number

1900.674

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