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Carp Ascending a Waterfall

Carp Ascending a Waterfall

early or mid-1830s
(Japanese, 1790–1848)
Sheet: 72.4 x 24.2 cm (28 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view


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.
  • ?-1940
    James Parmelee [1855-1931], Washington, DC, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • {{cite web|title=Carp Ascending a Waterfall|url=false|author=Keisai Eisen|year=early or mid-1830s|access-date=27 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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