Artist: Utagawa Sadamasu (歌川貞升)

Print: Shishi (Lions) and Peonies

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Dates: circa 1835,created
Dimensions: 8.875 in,17.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: Utagawa Kunimasu (歌川国升)

Related links: Royal Ontario Museum - similar Utamaro print ;

Physical description:

This is the left third of a large surimono. The right two thirds include poems by Kataoka Nizaemon VII and others.


Legend states that shishi (a mythical animal which resembles a lion and which guards Buddhist temples) test the vitality of their cubs by throwing them from the cliff. The shishi is often associated with peony flowers such as in the kabuki play, Shakkyō (石橋).