image of a stylized monkey hugging a gourd on top of a catfish; text at top

Monkey trying to catch a catfish with a gourd, 1912

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The poem reads: Lately there are many more men who have a monkey's guile to stick a catfish into a gourd. It is a reference to the determination and effort it takes to achieve the impossible—like fitting a huge fish into a tiny gourd bottle.

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Title
Monkey trying to catch a catfish with a gourd
Artist Life
1836 - 1924
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.146.2
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image of a stylized monkey hugging a gourd on top of a catfish; text at top