TEISAI HOKUBA (1771-1844)

Minogame Turtle Carrying the Sacred Jewels
circa 1840
Original Drawing

Hokuba made a large number of preparatory drawings for what appears to be a series of prints that was never made.

Horai, the mythical island of the immortals, is frequently shown as a giant rock. The Dragon King’s sacred jewels controlled the tides. The minogame (raincoat) turtle’s “tail” is seaweed that over the centuries has attached itself to the carapace (shell) of the ancient creature.


Chuban hanshita drawing. Some penciled notations


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