Carp in a Stream by Utagawa Hiroshige

Carp in a Stream by Utagawa Hiroshige

Carp in a Stream
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Japan
About 1833
Woodblock print
Museum no. E.302-1895
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A signed & lettered colour woodblock of a carp swimming in blue water, the light catching its scales. The carp is a symbol of the Samurai and can represent courage, dignity, resignation of fate,  endurance and good fortune. It can also symbolize  love.