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The Prosperity of a Wealthy Man’s Fruitful Year

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Kitagawa Utamaro, The Prosperity of a Wealthy Man’s Fruitful Year, ca. 1804, color woodblock print with embossing on paper; ōban nishiki-e, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection, public domain, 32.287

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Title

The Prosperity of a Wealthy Man’s Fruitful Year

Related Titles

catalog entry: Manpuku chôja hônen no sakae (The Prosperity of a Wealthy Man’s Fruitful Year)

original language: 万福長者豊栄

transliterated: Manpuku chôja hônen no sakae

Artist

Utamaro Kitagawa (Japanese, 1753?-1806)

Date

ca. 1804

Period

Japan: Edo period (1615-1868)

Medium

color woodblock print with embossing on paper; ōban nishiki-e

Edition

no other known impressions

Dimensions (H x W x D)

sheet: 15 1/16 in x 9 15/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: Sangen / _fuku Dayû / Tsurusawa Kamekichi / Daikokuten / Benzaiten 三弦 叶福大夫 鶴沢亀吉 大黒天 弁財天 xxx (Shamisen [three stringed instrument, seen in the image]; _fuku [Fukurokujû, god of good fortune]; Tsurusawa Kamekichi; Daikokuten; Benzaiten), printed in black, upper left Language: Japanese Description: This appears to be a guide to the figures in the painting. Sangen (three strings) is another term for the 'shamisen,' the banjo-like instrument that was popular on the kabuki stage and in the brothels of the Edo period. Fukurokuju (the figure with the huge head, on the dais as the chanter) and Daikokuten (the fellow with the hairy legs in the foreground, holding an umbrella, recognizable by the rice barrels in his costume) and Benzaiten (goddess of music; perhaps meant to be the geisha playing the shamisen here) are 3 of the 7 gods of good fortune. The last name in the list has yet to be deciphered. The identities of the man crouching with clappers, and the beauty standing at left, remain unclear. - M. Graybill, 11/17/2015

censor's mark: kiwame 極, printed in black ink, lower left Language: Japanese

signature: Shômei Utamaro hitsu 正銘 哥麿筆 (True signature of Utamaro), printed in black ink, center right Language: Japanese

title: Manpuku chôja hônen no sakae 万福長者豊栄 (The Prosperity of a Wealthy Man’s Fruitful Year), printed in black ink, upper left Language: Japanese Description: Title in Chinese characters with Japanese phonetical pronunciation provided

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Japanese Traditional Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

Accession Number

32.287

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Japanese woodblock prints

nishiki-e

oban

relief printing

relief prints

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

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