National Anthropological Archives

MS 7149 Map of Tōkaidō

Collection ID:
Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849
between 1820 and 1824
Physical Description:
1 Page
48 cm x 43.5 cm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Tōkaidō was the road extending from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto and passing through the provinces bordering on the Pacific Ocean. The map is a bird's-eye view of the region. It is decorated with sketches of houses, fields, boats, and so forth.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The painter and printmaker Hokusai was known by his principal gō (nom de plume) from 1797 to 1820; by Katsushika from ca. 1807 to 1824; and by Taitō from 1811 to 1820. "Katsushika zen Hokusai" is translated to mean "Katsushika known previously as Hokusai." The date of the map is suggested, therefore, to be between 1820 and 1824.

Custodial History
Gift from Mrs. Lispernard Seabury Crocker, 1961. She collected it in Japan in the 1930s. From July 31 to August 5, 1939, the map in the exhibit entitled "Around the World" at the Historic Warner House, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was transferred from the artifactual collection of the Department of Anthropology to the National Anthropological Archives by Chang-su Houchins, August 1984.

Using the Collection
Manuscript 7149, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Mounted on paper that has been backed with cloth.

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 7149
NAA INV 10000005

Local Note
Local Note
Data and translations furnished by Chang-su Houchins, of the Department of Anthropology, NMNH. See E. Papinot, Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Overbeck Company, 1948), and Laurance P. Roberts, A Dictionary of Japanese Artists (Tokyo and New York: Weatherhill, 1976).
Local Note
Color woodblock print

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Tokaido (Japan) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Language and languages -- Documentation Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maps Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tokyo -- Maps, Pictorial -- Japan Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japanese Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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