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Chiryu - from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido

Size: 27.0cm by 44.0cm (10.63 in by 17.32 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 depicts the annual horse fair that took place in Chiryu every early summer in those times.

Numerous horses are visible, tethered to poles driven into the field. Beneath the towering pine tree at the center, a congregation of people must be doing lively horse bidding.

Towards the left center, two men laboriously carry what appears to be heavy loads - looks like some food - heading towards the gathering spot. They may be selling lunches for gathering people.

In this vast field, horses from distant locations have been brought for sale, currently at ease, grazing on the grass. While the scene brings tranquility, one can imagine the vigorous auction taking place beneath the tree.

We can only hope that each of those horses finds compassionate and caring new owners.

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There are a few small spots on this print.

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