Fukagawa Susaki Jûmantsubo
Hiroshige, Utagawa; designer; Japanese artist, 1797-1858
Colour print from woodblocks, with mica (kira). Ôban. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Publisher: Uoei (Uoya Eikichi). Date seal: Snake 5 (5/1857). Censor’s seal: aratame. 1857.
No. 107 from the series Meisho Edo hyakkei (One hundred famous views of Edo), in the section for Winter. An eagle prepares to dive for prey over the reclaimed Jûmantsubo marshes extending north-east from Edo Bay towards the twin peaks of Mount Tsukuba. The viewpoint is just south-east of the Fukagawa lumberyards, the vertical poles of which are visible on the left. The eagle was the deity worshipped at Washi Daimyôjin shrine, site of the Torinomachi Festival featured in the adjacent print. An alternative (probably earlier) printing has the cartouche printed in green, the eagle’s talons made glossy with burnished glue (nikawa), and its feathers glittering with scattered mica. This is an earlier impression than P.2394-1991, which has more wear in the blocks and careless printing.
Object Number: P.3580-R
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 182424; input: 2011-03-29; modified: 2017-01-03)