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Seki - 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: ¥ 8,000$ 70.00£ 56.25€ 64.25 [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: The subtitle in the vermilion mark reads ‘Honjin Hayadachi’: Honjin is an inn officially designated as a lodging for daimyo and Hayadachi means early departure.

The long pole on the right center, with its top extending the upper border, is a sign post displaying the name of the daimyo. In the center, beside the entrance, several samurai are preparing for departure.

On the left, staff are busily discussing today's schedule, and a luxurious palanquin specially made for daimyo is seen inside the house.

The family crest on the various curtains and many lanterns are Hiroshige’s imaginary design. He playfully put his hi-ro mark on the lantern held by a man standing in front of the gate.

He also put the names of some cosmetics on the wooden tag over the palanquin in the house, an inappropriate addition to the design that reflects his playfulness.

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