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


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.