Hiroshige - Mannen-Bridge
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
View from the Mannen (Thousand Year)- Bridge on to the Mount Fuji. In the foreground, a turtle hanging above a wooden bucket. On this bridge, following an old Buddhist tradition, turtles were sold. The buyer could release the turtle on the bridge, to get good Karma (and a thousand years of good luck..).
Title: Fukagawa, Mannen-bashi (The Mannen-Bridge in Fukagawa)
Series: Meisho Edo hyakkei (Hundred famous views of Edo)
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Uo-Ei (Uo-ya Eikichi)
Date: Snake 11 (11/1857)
Size: Oban, 33,8 cm x 22,6 cm (print size)
Very fine print with brilliant colours. Here the colour variation with the light coloured bridge beam. Print is not mounted and with full margins. Two little stains in the upper right and left margin. Two light marks in the two parallel lines on the window ledge.The small fair stain visible in the tortoise shell accured due to the printing process. Altogether in very fine condition.
Detailed explanation of the print with an image in: Smith, Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, New York, 2007 (6. A.) Nr. 56. Uhlenbeck/Molenaar, Mount Fuji. Sacred mountain of Japan. Leiden 2000, Abb. 78. You can find this colour variation also in: Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll. Inv. Nr. 22744. MFA Boston Spaulding Coll. Inv. Nr. 21.10428 und Bigelow Coll. Inv. Nr. 11.35853