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Wednesday 6 October 2021

Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock, “Fudo Myoo”, c1840

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎) (1760–1849)

Fudo Myoo Standing on a Cliff”, c1840, woodcut from volume 13 (of 15 volumes) of "Hokusai's Sketches" (北斎漫画) (aka “Hokusai Manga”; “Ten Thousand Sketches by Hokusai: Ehon”), published in Nagoyaby by Eirakuya Tōshirō 永楽屋東四郎 (fl.1813–1842). Pulverer offers an online view of this print in its context:

The subject, Fudo Myoo (“The Immovable”), is a Buddhist deity and one of the “Five Wisdom Kings” whose mission it is to protect Buddhism and its adherents Interestingly, Hokusai made a colour woodcut featuring a similar rocky outcrop with a tea house and shrine to Fudo Myoo set beside a waterfall, “Kisokaido Ono no bakufu” (木曽海道小野ノ瀑布):

Woodblock printed in black, grey and a pale orange-pink on fine washi paper laid upon a support sheet set within an archival mount.

Size: (outer mount) 37.5 x 28.4 cm; (sheet) 19.8 x 13.2 cm; (image borderline) 18 x 12.4 cm.

Condition: a well-printed pale impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling. The very thin woodblock sheet has been laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper and window-set within a wide margin of archival paper laminated with washi paper.

I am selling this original Hokusai woodblock print showing the Buddhist deity, Fudo Myoo—“The Immovable”, standing steadfast on a cliff edge holding a noose in his left hand and a sword in his right hand, with a crescent moon behind him, for the total cost of AU$231 (currently US$168.23/EUR145.55/GBP123.87 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries..

If you are interested in purchasing this visually engaging woodblock by the almost legendary Hokusai, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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