Utagawa Hiroshige, A Shoal of Fish

Utagawa Hiroshige, 1797-1858

A Shoal of Fish: Carp
(Uo-zukushi: Koi)

signed Hiroshige hitsu with artist's seal Ichiryusai, publisher's seal Sho (Yamadaya Shobei, c.1789-1851), ca. 1838-40

oban yoko-e 10 1/8 by 14 3/4 in., 25.6 by 37.6 cm

The poem references the association of carp with strength.

With such power the carp
climbs upstream.
Some day he will turn
into a dragon
and reach the clouds.

Bryan Holme, A Shoal of Fishes: Hiroshige, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980 (poem translation)



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