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Daikoku Lifting Rice Bales, with Chickens

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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

1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock (1826-1899) to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1900)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Japanese, Edo period, 1825

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints