Hiroshige: Flying cranesHiroshige: Flying cranes
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Flying cranes in the reddish morning dawn light above a breaking wave.

Signature: Hiroshige fude

Seal: Ichiryûsai

Publisher: without publisher seal - Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô)?

Date: 5/1858

Size: Horizontal oban, 36,2 x 24,5 cm

Size: Horizontal Oban, 36,2 x 24,5 cm

Very rare print. Fine impression with brilliant colours. Some small, restored pinholes in right margin, otherwise in flawless condition.

This print is also known as part of a vertical diptych (Cf. Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll. No. 19192 und Ritsumeikan University Art Research Center, No. Z0173-116, with publisher seal Kansendô). These two prints were reportedly used also as front- and endpapers for Hiroshige landscape albums.
Cf. MFA Boston, Spaulding Coll., No. 21.96002 et al. British Museum, No. 1937,0710,0.273, in both cases only the bottom print without publisher’s seal.