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Fujikawa - 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: ¥ 6,000$ 44.00£ 36.25€ 42.25 [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: In the center, there is a tall post known as 'Bo-Bana,' which was a sign at the entrance to a station. A procession, including two horses, is making its way into Fujikawa station.

During the Tokugawa era, there was a tradition to present beautiful horses from Shogun to the imperial family every August. Hiroshige depicted this scene.

In the image, gohei - pleated paper streamers - are tied to each horse. One of the leading men is carrying a black lacquered box, and many people, apparently samurai, are following. Local officials are seen seated at the border to welcome the procession. A lone traveler seems to have happened to found himself in the midst of the scene. It is humorous that Hiroshige added three dogs playing, oblivious to the seriousness of the procession.

The yellowish-orange cloud gradation is effectively used to fill vacant space in the sky.

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There are a few foxing spots on this print.

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