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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎, Japanese (1760 - 1849)
Cranes on the Seashore/The Reed Shell (Ashigai), from the series "Shell-Matching Game with Genroku Poets" (Genroku kasen kai-awase)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genroku kasen kai-awase: Ashigai
Work Type
print, surimono
Edo period, datable to 1821
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
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Physical Descriptions
Ukiyo-e woodblock-printed "surimono" in "shikishi" format; ink, color, gold, metallic pigment, and embossing on paper, with printed signature reading "Getchi Rōjin I-itsu hitsu"
Paper: H. 19.2 cm x W. 17.6 cm (7 9/16 x 6 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: (printed) Getchi Rōjin I-itsu hitsu
  • inscription: (Poems by Hyakurintei Masugi and Yomo Utagaki Magao)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Friends of Arthur B. Duel
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Theodore Robert Bowie and James T. Kenney, Art of the Surimono, exh. cat., Indiana University Art Museum (Bloomington, IN, 1979), Cat. No. 003 / pp. 12-13

Marie Culver, "Surimono Analysis of Metals and Examination of Techniques Used in Japanese Prints" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, May 1984), Unpublished, pp. 1-30 passim

James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), pp. 82-83

Harvard University Art Museums, Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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