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Koko Yoshitsuya, Japanese, (1822–1866)
Huge Elephant, 1859
Ink and colors on paper
13 13/16 x 9 3/8 in. (35.05 x 23.88 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo, Late (1789-1868)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2012.1.52


Alternate Title: yokohama-e

Commentary
"Shinto Hakurai no Daizo" (Huge Elephant from Overseas, Newly Arrived): exotic animals such as tigers, leopards, and elephants were very popular attractions for noble and commoners alike in Japan. The inscription on the work informs viewers that the elephant was to be in the parade in Ryogoku Hirokoji in March.

Marks
Signature: Ichiryusai Yoshitsuya

Object Description
A caretaker feeds hay to an elephant. The caretaker's small form is dwarfed by that of the elephant, which is so large that the composition appears scarcely large enough to accommodate it.

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