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Woodblock print - Cockerel, Hen and Basket
  • Cockerel, Hen and Basket
    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858
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Cockerel, Hen and Basket

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840-1842 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (artist)
    Maruya Seijiro (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks

  • Credit Line:

    Webb Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This uchiwa-e, or rigid fan print, design by Hiroshige is one of an untitled series of four in the collection of the V&A. The ribmarks visible on its surface are evidence that it was salvaged from a made-up fan. The significance of chickens was talismanic in that their cries were believed to bring protection against the evil forces of darkness. The pink body and black breast and tail feathers of this particular cockerel are typical of the 'jidori', a primitive breed of chicken indigenous to Japan.

Physical description

Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige hitsu. Publisher mark: Maruya Seijiro.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1840-1842 (made)


Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (artist)
Maruya Seijiro (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks


Height: 220 mm approx., Width: 290 mm approx.

Descriptive line

Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; Cockerel, Hen and Basket, from an untitled series of bird and flower studies; fan print, Japanese, ca. 1840-1842




East Asia Collection

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