A framed print by the Japanese artist Toyota Hokkei who was active until about 1850. The subject is Kintaro (sometimes called Kintoki “the strong boy”) serving as sumo referee for a fight between a tengu and a rooster. Under glass in a black wood frame that is accented in gold and red and tagged on back with Shreve, Crump & Low Company of Boston label.
This was from a series of prints entitled Mountain after Mountain. This was made sometime between 1800 and 1830, but it is not dated. There are reprints of this particular print from 1900, but they lack the title in a circle behind/above Kintaro’s back.
Hokkei was a student of the famous print designer Katsushika Hokusai, but seems not to have risen to the same level of fame.
This kind of print is called a surimono or a privately commissioned print for some special occasion or as a gift. The poem in dark script in the sky is the primary subject here, and this may have been commissioned by a poetry society to commemorate a competition or something like that. These prints are produced in limited numbers.
Information on this piece was obtained from a Japanese Museum curator from California.
Condition: Very Good. Original framing from early 1900’s paper is torn on back minor paint loss on corners. Please look closely at all pictures.
Size: 7 ½” w x 8 ½ t
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