Finest Confectionary (Gokusei okashi): Descending Geese at the Sumida River (Sumida rakugan), from the series Eight Views of Edo (Edo hakkei) on paper snack bags

「極製御菓子」 「江戸八景 隅田 落雁」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1833 (Tenpô 4)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Akamatsuya Shôtarô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Lane, Hokusai Life and Work (1989), list #153, fig. 106 (entire series); the series: Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 223, mameban/wrappers #4 (this design not listed)

Dimensions

30.5 x 20.1 cm (12 x 7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.10234

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The MFA has four prints from the series. 21.10234 is the entire front side of what was once a paper bag for snacks corresponding to cookies or crackers; the top of the bag was apparently folded twice and secured with a string through the small holes that can still be seen. Three other prints in the series have cut completely out of the original bag, leaving only the landscape picture: 06.383, 06.1768, and 06.2524.3 .

Signed

Saki no Hokusai Iitsu ga
前北斎為一画

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection