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.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of Asia
- Katsushika Hokusai
- A Peasant Crossing a Bridge, from the series A True Mirror of Chinese and Japanese Poems
- Japan (Artist's nationality)
- Color woodblock print; nagaban
- 50 × 23.2 cm (19 11/16 × 9 3/16 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson