Xu You and Chao Fu

Artist:
Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
"White–line" woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 11 7/16 in. (29.1 cm); W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1589
Not on view
Masanobu's treatment of the classical story of Xu You and Chao Fu is straightforward. Xu You washes out his ears in a waterfall, and Chao Fu turns his ox around from the water. The style imitates the "rubbing" technique, a traditional method for renditions of classical inscriptions.
Signature: Okumura Masanobu 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.