Tobacco Pouch and Pipe

Artist: Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: 1813

Culture: Japan

Medium: Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 7 1/8 in. (20 x 18.1 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: JP1954


The traditional Japanese smoking ensemble—pipe, tobacco pouch, and netsuke—is the subject of this embossed commemorative print by Kubo Shunman, dated 1813. The poems inscribed in the top portion of the print link the fires of Kasuga Temple at Nara with the smoke emitted from the smoking set of a guard who fills his pipe and indulges in this practice.