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Leaping Carp

Accession Number
1987/2.16

Title
Leaping Carp

Artist(s)
Tsukioka Settei

Object Creation Date
18th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Dimensions
( )

Credit Line
Gift from the Estate of Frances Eileen Lay

Label copy
Settei was from the Osaka area. He was prolific painter and book illustrator. The leaping carp in this picture has a special meaning in Japan. Since only the strong carp can leap over small waterfalls to spawn, it was adopted as a symbol for healthy and successful boys. The robust body of the fish in the scroll is therefore a visual metaphor, equivalent to the depiction of a well-developed boy.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
calligraphy

3 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Silk
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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