Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: From the series Bravery Matched with the Twelve (Zodiac) Signs: (Buyū mitate jūnishi - 武勇見立十二支) Monkey (申) and Sun Wukong (孫悟空)

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Dates: circa 2017,created
Dimensions: 4.13 in,11.15 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: The National Museum of Asian Art - original version; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the original ca. 1840 print; The National Museum of Asian Art - the original set;

Physical description:

The original print by Kuniyoshi was published in ca. 1840.

"The zodiac sign of the monkey is represented by the Chinese monkey king Sun Wukong (Japanese, Son Gokv), one of the three followers of the Buddhist monk Yuan Zhuang in the Chinese novel, Journey to the West or Monkey (Chinese, Xiyou ji; Japanese, Saiyvki). The monk and his companions traveled to India in 629 to collect and study the sacred texts of Buddhism. Here the monkey transforms his fur into an army to battle his enemy the pig, who later becomes his closest companion on the pilgrimage. This print is from the first edition of the series."

The information above was taken directly from the online Freer/Sackler website and is listed as the "Label".

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.