Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) by Katsushika Hokusai

This print has taken on international iconic status with the witty composition whereby Mount Fuji in Japan is apparently dwarfed by the 'Great Wave'.


Colour woodblock print on paper
25.8 x 37.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £130,000)
Acquired in:
Israel Goldman

This is one of the top twenty or so surviving impressions of the print now known in the world. This impression is in very good condition and has a particularly beautiful woodgrain pattern in the dark sky either side of Mt. Fuji that seems to be unique among surviving impressions. The British Museum has two other inferior impressions.


Densmore Sisters, Paris; ?Rene Druart, late 1940s; by descent; Sotheby's, Paris, 2007; Israel Goldman.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181 www.britishmuseum.org

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