Aug 12, 2014

Carp Ascending a Waterfall

Carp Ascending a Waterfall

early or mid-1830s

Keisai Eisen 渓斎 英泉

(Japanese, 1790–1848)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 72.4 x 24.2 cm (28 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.1049



In Asian lore the carp is associated with good fortune and perseverance. Although the carp lives primarily in quiet waters, its symbolic meanings have led to a Japanese design convention of showing the fish arching upward, often mounting waterfalls, as in this print.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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