Ebisu fishing

Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1868-1889
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 26.7 x 38.8 cm (10 1/2 x 15 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Drawing

Album leaf

Ebisu, fishing, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912)
Provenance research underway.

Lively sketches by the nineteenth-century artist Kawanabe Kyosai reveal the variety of traditional Chinese and Japanese legends that were popular in the Meiji era, when Japan was rapidly modernizing along Western technological models. In this sketch, the deity Ebisu catches a red tai (sea-bream). The artist's mastery of draftsmanship and control of tonal renderings can be appreciated in these lively scenes. Both Daikoku and Ebisu are often included in pictures of the shichifukujin (Seven gods of good fortune).

See also F1975.29.5 and F1975.29.12.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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