H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); W. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); D. 7/8 in. (2.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
Ashinaga ("long legs") and Tenaga ("long arms") are two mythical figures who utilize their enhanced extremities to capture creatures from the ocean. The pair thus transforms what might at first appear as physical disfigurements into a mutually beneficial attribute. Here Tenaga grasps the day's catch, an octopus, in his left hand. In turn, the octopus' tentacles ensnare Ashinaga's legs and Tenaga's arm, and one tentacle reaches up toward Ashinaga's back.
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA, 1910; sold to Sage].; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
Artist:Maruyama Ōkyo (Japanese, 1733–1795) Date:right screen: 1774; left screen: 1793Medium:Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color and gold on paperAccession:2015.300.197.1, .2On view in:Gallery 226
Artist:Date: 17th or 18th century Accession Number: 2006.437a–e Date:17th or 18th centuryMedium:Wood with lacquer, gold leaf, and cut gold (kirikane) and metal
Accession:2006.437a–eOn view in:Gallery 224