Prostitute as the Daoist Immortal Kinkō riding on a carp, c. 1768

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The Taoist immortal Kinkō is said to have been fond of fish, and to have passed his days making paintings of them. On his 200th birthday, a great carp appeared which took Kinkō on a sightseeing tour of the waterways. He returned carrying a Buddhist scroll exhorting humankind to refrain from harming fish. Ukiyo-e artists updated the Kinkō theme by transforming the wizened old sage into a beautiful prostitute.

Prostitute as the Daoist Immortal Kinkō riding on a carp
Artist Life
1725 - 1770
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
K1048, Ukiyo-e shūka 4 (1979), list #814
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