冨嶽三十六景 尾州不二見原Fujimigahara in Owari Province (Bishū Fujimigahara), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei),

Katsushika Hokusai Japanese

Hokusai searched the environment for subjects that would produce an unusual effect when combined with the image of Mount Fuji. In this print, he takes us to Owari (present-day Aichi Prefecture), which is one of the western most locations from which Mount Fuji is visible. Having come all this way, Hokusai puts the mountain, now greatly diminished in size by distance, in the center of a great circular frame formed by the walls of a huge barrel being constructed by a cooper. Thus, the great symbol of eternity is amusingly reduced to a tiny triangle set within a large bottomless barrel.

Not on view

Public Domain

Object Details

Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: ca. 1830–32

Culture: Japan

Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Dimensions: H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); W. 15 in. (38.1 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936

Accession Number: JP2557

Signature: Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu

前北斎為一筆
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.

Asian Art (36,062)