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Snowy Herons and Irises

Size: 40.5cm by 27.0cm (15.94 in by 10.63 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 14,000$ 120.00£ 100.00€ 110.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is from a set of reproductions of 25 of Hiroshige's lesser-known prints, given the English title "Rare Publication: Selected Works by Hiroshige" by the publisher, O-Edo Mokuhansha.

Two white herons or egrets happily hunting fish in the shallows of the river among irises. This print has a number of titles: the Harvard Art Museum titles the print "White Cranes", the MFA "White Herons and Iris", and the MET "Egret in Iris and Grasses".

The Japanese typically used is shirosagi (白鷺), which can be translated as either "white heron" or "white egret". The original was produced in the 1830s. An unknown Chinese-style poem appears in the top section of the print (if you have any ideas about what it says, let us know!). The different shades of blue and the clear-cut blades of grass are a highlight to this piece.


There are a few small spots at the upper part of this print.

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