Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ôban, 345 x 224 mm
Van Vleck p. 134 n. 102
Signed: Hiroshige ga
Dated: 1857, 5th month (year of the Snake)
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Censor : aratame
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Winter no. 102
Meisho Edo hyakkei
Fine impression, with karazuri on the plumage of the birds and strong wood grain in the sky and in the water; fine colour, slight trimming in the margins. Otherwise in very good condition; retains original Japanese album backing.
The title of the print lists three different villages northwest of the Yoshiwara: the scene is looking from Minowa and Kanasugi toward Mikawashima, where the Shogun’s Crane Hunt occurred almost every winter, when cranes migrated to Japan.
A fine, early impression of this print is at the Brooklyn Museum (Accession Number: 30.1478.102)
Henry D. Smith II – Amy G. Poster , Hiroshige, One Hundred Views of Edo, 1986, n. 102.