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Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: The right-hand panel of a triptych of Women Masquerading as the Seven Gods of Good Fortune (Shichifukujin - 七福神)

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Dates: 1790s,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Toyokuni ga
豊国画
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
(Marks 391 - seal 23-016)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Boston Museum of Fine Arts - the whole triptych; Harvard Art Museums - this print only; Harvard Art Museums - whole triptych;

Physical description:

The woman holding the mallet, sitting in the foreground leaning against the bales of rice is a stand-in for the god Daikokuten. The woman holding the biwa represents Benzaiten, the only female among the 7 Lucky Gods. On two of her hairpins there are miniature toriis - a wonderfully subtle little detail. She is attended by a young girl


complete triptych at MFA Boston