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Frogs and Yamabuki

Size: 40.0 cm by 18.5 cm (15.75 in by 7.28 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Post-war

Price: 10,000 yen (click to see conversions)

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Description: This is one of the more uncommon 'pairings' in Hiroshige's vast catalogue of 'kacho-e' (bird-flower images). Designs in this genre commonly use a plant paired with a bird, but as you can see in this example, he has stretched the definition somewhat.

The Yamabuki plant (Kerria japonica) has given its name to a color shade in the Japanese palette, and when the ukiyo-e printer is faced with working on this design, he simply goes to his pigment jars, selects a base yellow, and blends it with enough red to make ... 'yamabuki'.

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