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Fishing Boats with Nets under Ryōgoku Bridge

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1790s
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
a: H. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm); W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm) b: H. 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm) c: H. 14 5/16 in. (36.4 cm); W. 9 15/16 in. (25.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1687
Not on view
Boats carrying beautiful women and fishermen nearly collide on the Sumida River near Ryōgoku Bridge, a famous summer locale. The three fishermen wearing straw skirts in the foreground are a parody of the three protagonists of the foundation story of the Asakusa temple. After two brothers caught a sculpture of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kannon) in their net, they and the village leader who built the first temple to house the statue were worshipped as manifestations of the deity in the three shrines of Asakusa, and an annual festival in their honor has continued to the present day.
Signature: Utamaro ga
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