Japanese Cage and Manchurian Cranes, from a set Advertising Giant Straw Works in a Fair Attraction Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)


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On view, 4th floor, Special Exhibitions

葛飾北斎 「麦藁張細工 倭篭・丹頂鶴」 浮世絵錦絵 江戸時代


Ukiyo-e: polychrome woodblock print


sheet: 15 3/8 × 10 3/8 in. (39 × 26.4 cm)

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Gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse

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Edo period (1615–1868)


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Mrs. Jared Kirtland Morse (Caroline Roberts Morse) (1907–1982), Cromwell, Conn.; gifted in 1953 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Bradley Michael Bailey, "Time Flies: Hokusai's Missing Crane," in "Japanese Art at Yale," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007), 154–56, 158–59, fig. 2
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color woodcuts


Seal for set on 1953.1.23. Censor’s seal: Kiwame 極 (round, relief, lower left); Publisher's seal: Sōkakudō 双鶴堂 of Tsuruya Kinsuke 鶴屋金助 ("Tsurukin" 鶴金 of Edo) (image of a crane round, relief, under a reverse L shape, bottom left)\r\n


Tatsu gashira hasshaku; 龍(多つ)頭(がしら) 八尺 "The dragon's head is 8 feet long" (top right, above the bar)\r\nkyū shaku ni ken no yamato kago; tanchō no tsuru go wa mugiwara nite haritate; 九尺二間能倭篭(やまと可ご) 丹頭(多んてう)の霍(つる)五羽(ご王) むき王らにて はり多て; "the Japanese cage is 9 feet wide and 2 ken (12 feet) long; the five red-crowned cranes are also made of straw and papier-mache. (lower centre)\r\n

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