Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)


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

price: $1,400


Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only

Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm preferably for no more than two individuals at a time.
Visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing at their discretion.

site last updated
December 2, 2021

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
fx: (212) 585-0475