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Hiruko Fishing a Sea Beam

Size: 27.0cm by 21.0cm (10.63 in by 8.27 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ogata Korin

Era: Meiji | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 12,000$ 93.00£ 73.50€ 86.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print was done by Fukui Gessai, a print artist who did reproductions of historical paintings. This particular print belongs to a picture album of 12 issued by Aoki Suzando in the 1890s after Ogata Korin’s original designs who is credited with reviving and consolidating the Rinpa school of Japanese painting.

This print represents Ebisu, one of the Seven Japanese Lucky Gods. He is the god of luck, wealth, and prosperity, particularly where the sea is concerned. His original name in most myths is Hiruko (leech child).

He was born deformed and without bones so he was rejected and cast into the sea by his parents. Despite his crippled nature (or perhaps because of it), he still manages to be a kindly god and is depicted as a rotund fisherman with a large hat, always smiling and laughing. Most of the time he is represented carrying a fishing rod and a large fish, usually either a red sea beam or a red bass.


This print is worn, toned, and has slight creases but remains nice colors for its age.

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