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Narumi - from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido

Size: 27.0cm by 40.0cm (10.63 in by 15.75 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 7,000$ 58.00£ 50.50€ 58.50 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This is a print from what is perhaps the single most famous series of Japanese woodblock prints ever produced - "The 53 Stations of the Tokaido", designed by Hiroshige in the 1830s.

The print you see here is a reproduction version produced in the post-war period by one of the numerous publishing houses working at that time (Adachi, Takamizawa, Yuyudo, Bijutsu-sha, Yamada Shoin, Kyoto Hanga-in, etc.) Here at Mokuhankan we have a wide selection of such prints, far too many to scan and prepare for the website one by one.

We don't always have every print in this series in stock, but try to keep as many of them available as possible. The one you see in this photo is on hand, but feel free to contact us about other designs in this series that you don't see on the site ...

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Image information: This area once was a barren land and not suitable to grow food but people gradually focussed on possibilities of dyeing business. Since then, Narumi station became famous for dyeing products. The pattern known as Arimatsu Shiori became very popular and travelers were eager to purchase products for themselves and as souvenirs.

In the foreground store, numerous kimono are hanging, and rolls of cloth are neatly piled on the tatami mats. A clerk seems to be doing business with a customer. To the left, near the tree, a stack of buckets and pails are seen. They are all filled with water, always prepared for swift fire extinguishment.

Hiroshige left the publisher's family name 'Takeuchi' and his distinctive 'hi-ro' mark on the shop curtain.

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