Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
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)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
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
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA).
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowing Streams: Scenes from Japanese Arts and Life," December 21, 2006–June 3, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.
Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)Date: probably 1789Medium: Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style); ink, color, mica, and gold-leaf on paperAccession: 2013.897On view in:Not on view