Japanese Print Description
KORYUSAI (w c 1760s-90)
Beauty on Turtle
Signed: Koryusai ga
Tanzaku. (5.625″ X 10.125″) Very good impression. Moderate condition. Very rare. Exhibited: Japan Foundation, Toronto.
Appears to be a parody of the old hermit immortal, Roko on his minogame (raincoat) turtle. It was common in Japanese prints to substitute a pretty young girl for a man, or to depict a girl doing a man’s job.
It is likely that this print was designed (commissioned?) to act as a nice albeit inexpensive gift for an auspicious birthday or New Years.