Blue Dragon Sword and Zhuge Kongming (Shokatsu Kōmei), 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 青龍刀 諸葛孔明」 浮世絵錦絵   江戸時代


Ukiyo-e: polychrome woodblock print


sheet: 15 3/8 × 10 3/8 in. (39.1 × 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), 154–55, 157, 158–59, fig. 1
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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)


Mugiwara harizaiku shō utsushi; 麦藁張細工生写し "Straw paper-mache as if alive" (larger characters center right near paper edge)\r\n\r\nDōgane no uchi Shoku no yūshi narabi ni kirin hōō no moyō haritate; 胴金の内蜀能勇士并麒麟鳳凰能毛やう張立 "Inside the framed metal ring, the knights of Shoku and the designs of mythical giraffe and phoenix are pasted" (top, above the bar) \r\n\r\nSeiryūtō nagasa shichi jō san jaku; futosa yon shaku go sun; 青龍刀 長サ七丈三尺 太サ四尺五寸 "Seiryū sword seventy-three feet long, and scabbard circumference of four feet and five inches" (centre right after the main title)\r\n \r\nKōmei take hasshaku; 孔明丈八尺 "Kōmei's height is eight feet." (upper centre)\r\n\r\n

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