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Woodblock print - The Treasure ship
  • The Treasure ship
    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858
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The Treasure ship

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks

  • Museum number:

    E.3461-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Seven Gods of Good Fortune (Shichifukujin) are depicted here as humorous deities gathered together in their Treasure Ship (Takarabune). A picture of the Treasure Ship along with the Seven Gods became an essential part of the New Year celebrations. It was placed under the pillow in order to promote lucky dreams, for legend has it that the original ship sailed at this time of year bearing its treasures. The sail of the ship depicted here carries the character Ju, meaning longevity, and the print features other symbols of longevity, such as the crane, the long-tailed turtle and branches of pine.

Physical description

The Seven Gods of Good Fortune are depicted here as humorous deities gathered together in their Treasure Ship (Takarabune). A picture of the Treasure Ship along with the Seven Gods became an essential part of the New Year celebrations. Legend has it that the ship sailed at this time bearing its treasures. The sail of the ship bears the character Ju, meaning longevity, and the print features other symbols of longevity such as the crane, the long-tailed turtle (minogame) and pine branches.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1840 (made)

Artist/maker

Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks

Dimensions

Height: 27.6 cm, Width: 37.5 cm

Descriptive line

Woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) depicting the Seven Gods of Good Fortune on their treasure ship, Japanese, c.1840.; Pap, Japan, prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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