Katsushika Hokusai

Turban Shell of the Sazai-do from "36 Views of Mt. Fuji" , ca. 1832

Original Japanese color woodblock print

24.2 cm x 37.4 cm

$12,000 - $35,000

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Burbank, CA



Visitors on the viewing platform of the third story of the Sazaidô are transfixed at the sight of Mt. Fuji rising across the marshes. This image was chosen for the cover image of 1998’s Hokusai: Bridging East and West, edited by Matthi Forrer, but this is an earlier impression than the shown Pulverer example. As explained by Matthi Forrer (1991), earlier impressions have black rather than grey as the colors of the pilgrim’s backpacks, and the lower area next to the man dressed in dark blue is black rather than grey. Also, the red publisher’s mark and censor’s seal are present. There is also woodgrain visible in the grey block used for the marsh.