Katsushika Hokusai, 'Shellfish Gathering

Katsushika Hokusai, 'Shellfish Gathering

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
'Shellfish Gathering, Surimono'
About 1800
Privately commissioned woodblock colour print
Nagaban size Signature: saki no Sôri (following letters illegible)
Museum no. E.3231-1953

This print is a surimono, a privately commissioned woodblock colour print. It shows Hokusai's idealisation of the feminine as beautiful, delicate and somewhat frail. Shellfish gathering was a traditional Japanese summer activity. The area depicted is Shinagawa, a popular place for shellfish gathering in the southern part of Edo (modern Tokyo). Mount Fuji can be seen on the horizon to the left.

This print can be found in Japanese Print Room Box JP2.