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Shono - 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: ¥ 10,000$ 79.00£ 68.25€ 79.00 [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 is one of the most famous works in Hiroshige’s Tokaido series. The subtitle shown in the vermilion gourd mark is 'Haku-u' white rain, meaning a sudden shower in summer.

With the strong shower rain creating mist; the bamboo swaying in the strong wind are depicted in different shades of gray - as they get farther, their shapes become more subtle in the fog.

Local men are running with their bodies wrapped by straw mats, the palanquin cover flutters in the blowing wind, and the traveler seen on the far right puts up a ban-gasa, a coated oilpaper umbrella. Hiroshige drew the publisher’s name (Takenouchi) and 53-stations (the title of this series) on the surface of the umbrella.

Hiroshige succeeded in skillfully and attractively depicting people's flustered activity during a sudden rain shower.

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This particular print was published by Adachi.

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