A finished preparatory drawing (hanshita-e) of Urashima Tarō riding a mythical turtle (minogame)
Permanent Link: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/cn69m426n
- Utagawa Shigetoshi (Japanese, active ca. 1850-ca. 1860)
- Gift of Gillett G. Griffin in honor of Dale Roylance
- Mid-19th century
- 23.3 × 27.2 cm (sheet)
- Ink and color on paper
- Shigetoshi ga
- Princeton University Library. Graphic Arts. GA 2008.01198.
- Animals in art
- Legends in art
- Mythology, Japanese, in art
- Turtles in art
- Urashima Tarō (Legendary character)‒Art
- Studies (visual works)
- Artist information: Utagawa Shigetoshi was a minor student of Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).
- Format: Uchiwa-e (fan print).
- Item description: The story of Urashima Tarō has many versions, but the basic story is similar to a combination of Rip Van Winkle and Pandora's Box. One day the young boy Urashima saves a turtle from being tormented by local children. A few days later while fishing Urashima is visited by the same turtle which thanks him for his kindness and as a reward offers to take him on a ride on his back to an underwater paradise The Palace of Dragon King (Ryūgū). The young boy agrees and is transported on the back of the turtle. After a pleasant stay, Urashima becomes homesick and wants to see his parents again. The queen of this paradise agrees to let him go and gives him a box to take back with him, but tells him he must not open it. Upon his return, Urashima finds that everything has changed and he is unable to find his parents or anyone who remembers him. In despair, he opens the box and Urashima is instantly transformed into an old man of hundreds of years old. Format: Fan print (uchiwa-e).
- Provenance: Purchased at one of three 1947 sales at Parke-Bernet or at Gimbels Department Store, New York City.
- Exhibition history: Leonard L. Milberg Gallery: Gillett Griffin Collection of Japanese Woodblock Prints and Drawings, January 18-June 7, 2009