The Drinking Match: First Entry on the Left, Mythical Ape Artist: Ryūryūkyo Shinsai (Japanese, ca. 1764–ca. 1820)

1825 (year of the rooster)

Asian Art

On view, 4th floor, Special Exhibitions

Surimono, shikishi-ban; polychrome woodblock print with brass, silver, and gaufrage


sheet: 8 11/16 × 7 1/2 in. (22 × 19 cm)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, B.A. 1970

Loan number



Edo period (1615–1868)


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Joan B. Mirviss (dealer), New York; sold to Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, Koenigstein im Taunus, Germany, 2006 (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017–present)
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Object/Work type

color woodcuts, surimono


Shakuyaku-ren\r\nPeony Club\r\n芍薬連\r\n\r\nPoem 1 (Right)\r\n鶏合 一番左 猩々    日光 龍吟閣\r\n 春くめる/よろこび 酒と/な里尓介り/笑ふ麹の/花の下露\r\n\r\n 春酌める/喜び酒と/なりにけり/笑う麹の/花の下露\r\n\r\n haru kumeru/ yorokobi zake to/ nari ni keri/ warau kōji no/ hana no shitakage\r\n\r\n It has become the time to be able to dip into the sake of happy occasion in the spring time. The malt is open with laughter receiving the dew of the flower.\r\n\r\nPoem 2 (Left)\r\n 者る霞/酌可者したる/花見酒/人を毛櫻/色尓奈しけ理\r\n\r\n 春霞/酌交わしたる/花見酒/人をも 桜/色に成しけり\r\n\r\n harugasumi/ shaku kawashitaru/ hanamizake/ hito wo mo sakura/ iro ni nashi keri\r\n\r\n Spring mist, exchanging the cups at the flower-viewing-sake party, even the people have been colored with cherry pink.\r\n\r\nPoets\r\nNikkō; Ryūgin-kaku (日光 龍吟閣)\r\nSame as above (meaninbg from) Nikkō; Hōmei-kaku (仝 鳳鳴閣)



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