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Kintaro with a Rooster

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Kintaro

Kintaro with a Rooster by Totoya Hokkei

Japan: Early 19th century, Woodblock print

Totoya Hokkei was a fishmonger who was born around 1780 and lived until 1850.  He specialized in surimono, or privately commissioned prints that were made for special occasions.  He also often printed illustrations for books.  He initially studied painting under Kano Yosen, the head of the Kobikicho branch of the Kano school. He also studied printmaking under Katsushika Hokusai, most known for his Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.  Many scholars consider Hokkei to be one of Hokusai’s best students.