KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)
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KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

Abe no Nakamaro

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KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)
Abe no Nakamaro
Woodblock print, from the series Shika shashin kyo (A true mirror of Chinese and Japanese poetry), signed Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu, published by Moriya Jihei
Vertical nagaban: 19 ¾ x 8 ¾ in. (50.2 x 22.2 cm.)

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The nobleman Abe no Nakamaro (698-770) sits leaning against a balustrade on the terrace of a Chinese palace, gazing at the moon. Four attendants arrive with dishes of food. Aged sixteen Nakamaro accompanied a Japanese envoy to China but was refused permission to return home, remaining in China for the rest of his life. He developed a succesful career, eventually becoming a regional governor. The scene in the print is known to relate to a poem he wrote longing to see his home in Japan again.
The same print is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession no. 21.6673; and the British Museum, museum no. 1910,0418,0.190.

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