Artist: Utagawa Sadamasu (歌川貞升)

Print: Shishi (Lions) and Peonies

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Dates: circa 1838 - 1848,created
Dimensions: 8.875 in,17.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Utagawa Kunimasu (歌川国升)

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Legend states that shishi (a mythical animal which resembles a lion and which guards Buddhist temples) test the vitality of their cubs by throwing them from the cliff. The shishi is often associated with peony flowers such as in the kabuki play, Shakkyō (石橋).

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Utagawa Sadamasu (歌川貞升) (artist)