early or mid-1830s
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.
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