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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.691
People
Kitagawa Utamaro, Japanese (1753 - 1806)
Title
Gifts of the Ebb Tide (Shiohi no tsuto)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Shiohi no tsuto
Classification
Prints
Work Type
book
Date
Late Edo period, dated 1789
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Period
Edo period, 1615-1868
Culture
Japanese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Folded book; ink, color and slight mica on decorated paper with sunago
Dimensions
H. 27.3 x W. 19.1 cm (10 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
Accession Year
1985
Object Number
1985.691
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Label Text: Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan , written 2000
This book begins with a glorious depiction of women gathering shells at the seashore, and continues through page after page of the randomly grouped shells collected by the women to culminate in an illustration of the traditional shell-matching game (kai awase). Delicate gaufrage (French, “embossing”) has been used to impress unpigmented patterns into the paper to subtly suggest waves lapping at the shore. This is a rare instance of a Japanese printed book that incorporates sprinkled gold, although it does not appear in this particular illustration. Artists usually reserved such luxurious decoration for more costly, painted compositions.

Exhibition History

Women and the Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/10/1994 - 03/05/1995

Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/25/2000 - 08/26/2001

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