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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: From the series (Buyû mitate jûnishi) 「武勇見立十二支」Bravery Matched with the Twelve (Zodiac) Signs: Goat and Guan Yu 「関羽 未」

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Dates: circa 1840,created
Dimensions: 4.0 in,11.4 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: Freer Sackler Gallery; MFA Boston; Set of 12 at MFA;

Physical description: The Chinese hero Guan Yu sits peacefully beside a pine tree, holding a stemmed cup of wine. He is paired with a goat that stands with its back to the viewer, its long fur echoing the elegant form of Guan Yu's luxuriant beard.

This example was carved and printed ca 2017 by master carver, Kitamura Shoichi. The fine printing combines graded color in a dynamic, swirling composition of exceptional artistry.