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Hawk on a Pine Tree

Size: 40.5cm by 19.5cm (15.94 in by 7.68 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 12,000$ 94.00£ 73.00€ 86.00 [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.

Hiroshige's ōtanzaku (large tanzaku print) "Falcon, Pine, and New Year Sunrise" was originally published by Sanoya Kihei (also known as Kikakudo) in the mid-1830s. The hawk, the rising sun, and the pine are symbolisms of New Year in Japan.

If this symbolism isn't enough for the viewer, the poem in the upper-right reads, "When the sun first rose in the New Year, there were no boundaries in the nation" (translation by the Rijksmuseum, p. 29 of "Hiroshige and the Utagawa school : Japanese prints, c. 1810-1860" (Amsterdam: Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, 1984)).

This print is a little toned overall.

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