Nobleman Watching Servant Throw Bundles of Brush into a Waterfall
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
Horizontal ôban; 24.3 x 35.5 cm (9 9/16 x 14 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
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.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection