Daikoku Lifting Rice Bales, with Chickens

大黒と鶏

Japanese
Edo period
1825
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Surimono (Spencer Museum cat., 1984), cat. no. 117, pl. 30

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21.1 x 18.3 cm (8 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1948

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The rooster on Daikoku’s mallet parodies the motif of a drum with a rooster perched on it (an ancient Chinese symbol of peace because the war drum is never beaten).

Poems translated in Keyes 1984, p. 82.

Inscription

Poem by Denkakutei Yoneji: Aragane no/ tsuchi o sasagete/ isamashiku/ chikara kobushi o/ idasu sawarabi

Poem by Yomo Utagao Magao: Tsumiagete/ chitose no takasa/ kurabe min/ ne no hi no komatsu/ suginari no yone

Signed

Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu
前北斎為一筆

Provenance

January 1900, purchased at the Brinkley-Condor Sale by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: January 9, 1900)

Credit Line

General Funds