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The Monkey Bridge


early 1830s

Katsushika Taito II 葛飾戴斗

(Japanese, active c. 1810–50s)
26 x 23.5 cm (10 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)
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Taito II, who studied with Hokusai, created this image of the Monkey Bridge in Kai Province, west of Tokyo. By depicting the moon beneath the narrow bridge, he emphasized the height of the gorge.

Before it was given to the museum by one of its founders, Jeptha H. Wade, this print was trimmed. Uncut versions of the same scene include a section with a poetic inscription designed to look like a rubbing from a stone stele, or commemorative marker, often erected in scenic locations. Ink was also applied differently to produce varying effects in other impressions.
The Monkey Bridge

The Monkey Bridge

early 1830s

Katsushika Taito II

(Japanese, active c. 1810–50s)
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

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