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Man Hiding behind Fence

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A calendar for 1765, with numbers concealed in the pattern of the trousers. Possibly the left sheet of an incomplete diptych, with 21.4986/21.4988 as the right sheet, and/or a reference to an episode in the Tales of Ise.


Artist: Suzuki Harunobu ga; Blockcutter: Takahashi Rosen chô


February 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from J. Clarence Webster Collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1765 (Meiwa 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse cat. #041; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #118.3, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 81


Vertical chûban; 27.2 x 19.9 cm (10 11/16 x 7 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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