Thieving Hawk's Sudden Attack (Sarai tonbi), from the series Comic Goldfish (Kingyō zukushi)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797 - 1861

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Period:
Edo Period (1615-1868)

Date:
c. 1839-1842

Medium:
Color woodcut

Dimensions:
Chūban tate-e: 9 1/8 x 6 13/16 inches (23.2 x 17.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1946-51-75

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 1946

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Label:
The "hawk" of the title is actually a goldfish, who has seized a small gold object and is seen here flying over the head of the spectators towards a stone statue of a monkey. In Japanese, the first word of the title is a pun on two other words, one meaning "snatching," the other meaning "worshiping the Buddha," here irreverently represented by a seated monkey.