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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

At a village: Women are preparing kampyô, also kanpyô, a local delicacy made from gourd.

Title: Minakuchi – Meibutsu Kampyô (Minakuchi – Famous dried gourd shavings) – (Station No 51)

Series: Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (The 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô Road)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: Hôeidô (Takenouchi Magohachi)

Date: 1831-34

Size: Oban, 22,3 x 35 cm (picture size)

Good to very good impression and very good, fresh colours. Margins a tiny bit trimmed. Lower margin under the picture neatly replaced. Vertical centrefold as often, at upper and lower part somewhat restored. Two pinholes and two very small wormholes. Just a little bit soiled and creased. Two (printer's?) ink-spots. All in all very good condition. Collector's stamp.

Compare: Ukiyo-e Taikei vol. 14, No 51 (Fig.). MFA Boston, Bigelow. Coll, No 11.38866.

From Hiroshige's first and most important Tokaido Road series.