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Hokusai

The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife (1814) - Fine Art Print

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  • Capturing the beauty of the original artwork

    Every one of our prints is made using the Giclee printing process, for a museum-quality look and feel that does justice to the original art.

    Giclee printing is the gold-standard for preserving the meticulous detail and stunning colors that we love in the Japanese masters. All our prints are fade and fingerprint resistant, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.

    We chose to offer 12”x18” (30cm x 45cm) as this was closest to the “chuban” size sheets used for woodblock prints historically.

    All of our prints come with matte finish for a more authentic appearance.

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    Ready-to-Hang and Made to Last

    Mounting brackets are included and centered on our framed prints and canvas wraps.

    All of our prints are made to last, with fade-resistant colors and materials. See how they arrive in the unboxing videos below.

  • ABOUT THE ART

    Upon the crashing waves of the shore, two octopi entwine and coil around a woman who throws back her head in rapture. Playfully using their sucking tentacles and mouths on her erogenous zones, this piece by Hokusai portrays raw, female sexual pleasure.

    Perhaps the most famous Shunga print of all time, the story behind this piece lies far deeper than bestiality. In “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife”, otherwise known as ‘Diver and Two Octopi’, Hokusai quite literally turns a Japanese mythical story on its head.

    The legend that Hokusai based this image on isTaishokan: a tragic story of female self-sacrifice. Tricked by her husband, a young shell-diver must retrieve a precious stolen jewel from the underwater dragon king in order to ensure her son’s future. She dives into the sea kingdom and takes back the jewel, but after being chased by the king’s guards, doesn’t make it to the surface. Instead, she cuts open her chest to hide the jewel, which is then discovered inside her dead body. This mythical story was incredibly popular and, like many Edo legends, was later eroticised and parodied into works of Shunga.

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