Bamboo Flute (Shakuhachi), from the series Catalogue of the Arts (Shogei zukushi) Artist: Hōtei Gosei (Japanese, 1765?–1835)

ca. 1811

Asian Art

砂山五清(抱亭)「尺八」 諸藝づくしより 江戸時代

Hōtei Gosei was a student of Katsushika Hokusai and produced many surimono at the beginning of his career. This print is part of a series on the arts sponsored by the Go-gawa, or Five Directions Group, and is devoted to the shakuhachi, a bamboo flute. By the Edo period, the shakuhachi was almost exclusively associated with the itinerant monks of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism who traveled throughout the country blowing the flute and wearing head-enveloping baskets, depicted here draped with the flute’s satchel. The satchel shows a waterfall-ascending carp and red fylfots, the emblem of the Go-gawa.


Surimono, horizontal chū-ban; polychrome woodblock print with gauffrage


sheet: 7 1/2 × 10 1/16 in. (19 × 25.5 cm)

Credit Line

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

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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, 1985 (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017–2019); given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2019
  • Joan B. Mirviss and John T. Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking: Surimono of the Bunka-Bunsei Era 1804–1830 (Tokyo: Ota Memorial Museum of Art, 2000), 70–71, no. 23
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color woodcuts, still lifes, surimono


Uguisu no\r\nNe o shakuhachi to\r\nKikumade ni\r\nNokiba ni kayou\r\nUme ga Kakogawa\r\n\r\n“The song of the warbler\r\nMelding with that of the flute\r\nReaches as far as the eaves,\r\nBeneath which flows the Kako River\r\nPerfumed with scent of plum. Kinshirô Ichitomo”\r\n\r\nReference: Ota p. 70 (cat. no. 23), Translation by John T. Carpenter\r\n\r\n\r\nMistaking the sound of the warbler for a flute at eave's edge, where the scent of the plum tree courses along with the Kako River\r\n\r\nAH 3/2/2018\r\n鴬の ねを尺八と きくまてに\r\n軒端にかよふ 梅か加古川      琴詩楼一友\r\n\r\nReference: Ota p. 70 (cat. no. 23)


Hōtei Gosei hitsu (brushed by Hōtei Gosei)
抱亭五清=砂山金蔵=砂山五清 (active 1804-1835; 1768-1835)

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