Artist: Utagawa Kuninaga (歌川國長)

Print: Representations of the Eight Legendary Chinese Wizards or Fūryū hachi sennin (風流八仙人)

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Dates: 1806,created
Dimensions: 10.125 in,14.875 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Kuninaga ga (国長画)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
(Marks 180 - seal not listed)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Date seal: 1806, 11th month

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Physical description:

There is another copy of this triptych in the collection in Genoa. It is described thus: "This triptych depicts the eight famous Chinese hermits or wizards (Ba Xian) as contemporary beauties in various poses. These figures are, from left to right: Zhang Guo-lao depicted as a young courtesan in a long-sleeved kimono, shaking a horse out of a bottle gourd; Wang Zi-qiao, as a noble woman riding on a crane; Lu Dong-bin as a samurai's wife, calling forth a dragon out of a bowl in her hand; Qin Gao as a geisha riding on a carp; Li Tie-guai as a concubine, blowing out a small image of herself; the 'Toad' Wizard as a girl of the merchant class, playing a game using different hand shapes with a frog; Feng Gan as a courtesan, accompanied by a tiger; and Zhuang-zi, famous for his dream of a butterfly, as a wife of the merchant class."

Quoted from: English Supplement: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II, Kodansha, n.d., p. 8, Pl. 125.