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Loan Object
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: Totoya Hokkei, Japanese, 1780–1850

Lacquer Box, Kanzashi Hairpin, and Lip-Rouge Bowl

ca. 1813

Surimono, horizontal ko-ban; polychrome woodblock print with burnished lacquer

image: 5 × 7 in. (12.7 × 17.8 cm)
Promised gift of Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, B.A. 1970

魚屋北渓 簪と紅 江戸時代

Totoya Hokkei was one of the best students of the famous Katsushika Hokusai. Hokkei was prolific over his long life, and he is reputed to have created at least eight hundred surimono. The Drosten-Kenadjian collection includes forty-eight superb works by the artist. His subjects range widely and include animals, shells, and still lifes, as well as human subjects, such as Chinese and Japanese historical and literary figures, and courtesans and commoners—the men, women, and children of his time. Hokkei’s style is sophisticated and less idiosyncratic compared to the works by his own best student, Yashima Gakutei. This is one of Hokkei’s early surimono, and it features a simple design that focuses on a traditional Japanese hairpin ornament called a kanzashi, made of translucent tortoiseshell.

On view
Edo period (1615–1868)
Works on Paper - Prints

Possibly Havilland sale 1910s or 1920s Paris (Havilland on back). Joan B. Mirviss (dealer), New York; sold to Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, Koenigstein im Taunus, Germany, 2017 (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017–present)


Sadako Ohki and Adam Haliburton, The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian Collection (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 81–83, no. 17, cover ill. (back), ill.

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