Collection of Otsu-e: Chokaro's Horse
(Otsu-e tsukushi: Chokaro)
signed Konomi ni ojite Kunisada ga, with censor's seal kiwame, and publisher's mark Hayashi (Iseya Rihei of Kinjudo), ca. 1827
oban tate-e 15 1/8 by 10 1/8 in., 38.5 by 25.7 cm
This print is from a series pairing beauties with popular subjects depicted in the lively folk paintings produced in the village of Otsu. The image in the upper right cartouche is that of Chokaro's Horse. According to legend, the Sennin (Chinese sage) Chokaro carried gourd from which he could magically summon his horse at will.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession number 11.43105
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