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 1 (1/1857). Censor’s seal: aratame. 1857.
given; 1913; Riches, Thomas Henry
No. 62 from the series Meisho Edo hyakkei (One hundred famous views of Edo), in the section for Summer. A view over the Sumida looking west to the Honjo district, with part of Azuma Bridge visible on the extreme left. In the foreground is the white structure of Komakata Hall, a square temple housing an image of Kannon crowned with a horse’s head. The red flag signals the Hyakusuke cosmetics shop. In the sky is a cuckoo (hototogisu), which had long been associated in literature and art with the coming of summer in the fifth month. The juxtaposition of the bird with Komakata Hall recalls a famous love poem by the celebrated courtesan Takao, written to her departed lover: ‘Are you now, my love, near Komakata? Cry of the cuckoo!’
Object Number: P.3568-R
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
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