Nobleman Watching Servant Throw Bundles of Brush into a Waterfall

滝に薪を投げる (七滝の伝説ヵ)

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


Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 24.3 x 35.5 cm (9 9/16 x 14 in.)

Accession Number

21.10266

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.17507 (ôban), 21.7883 (ebangire), 21.10266 (ôban)

Possibly related to the legend of the Nanataki falls in present-day Akita prefecture. A powerful landowner named Magozaemon had brushwood thrown into the falls precisely because it was forbidden (in order to show off his power) and was struck down with illness by the angry dragon in the waterfall. He repented and founded a shrine there.

Signed

Unsigned
無款

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