Daikoku detail

Suzuki Harunobu, ca. 1724-70


from a series parodying the Seven Gods of Good Fortune; illustrating Daikoku, the god of wealth, with two bijin at the Kasamori tea house on New Year's Day; the famous waitress O-Sen stands at the right holding a battledore while her companion attempts to retreive a birdie caught in the kado-matsu decorations; the lantern at right has the name of the tea house, Kagi-ya, which was located by the Kasamori Inari shrine north of Edo; signed Harunobu ga, ca. 1769

chuban tate-e 11 3/8 by 8 1/2 in., 28.8 by 21.5 cm

The poem above reads:

Gozatta gozatta
eho wa oroka
kusaki made
nabiko musume wa
aratama no haru

Here he comes, here he comes
not only the eho (direction of good fortune for the year)
but even all the trees and grasses
will bend for this girl this girl
New Year's fresh gem

Margaret Gentles, The Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints, Volume II, p. 142, no. 232 (and poem translation); for comparison see www.artic.edu, accession number 1930.985


detail of poem

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