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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 3, Kawasaki, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
9 in. x 14 in. (22.86 cm. x 35.56 cm.)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.17


Bibliography
Singer, Robert T. and Melinda Takeuchi.  Edo  Art in Japan 1615-1868.  New Haven and London:  Yale University Press., 1998.

Commentary
Some changes and omissions from 46.1.18.

Marks
On verso in pencil, lower right: Jo XIV 3a. On mat in pencil: Kawasaki Station 3, a Ferry at Rokugo river, 46.1.17.

Medium
Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.

Object Description
Color woodblock print with an image of a peasant village, and a boat.

The third print in Hiroshige's Tokaido series shows the Rokugo ferry, which crosses the Tama River at Kawasaki, a sight the artist depicted a number of times.  The view is across the Tama River to the west, leading the eye with a great semicircular sweep along the path of the ferry heading toward the left, then back to the right through the picturesque thatch roofs of the village of Kawasaki (now an extension of Tokyo's urban sprawl), and on toward Mount Fuji on the horizon.  Hiroshige has dwelt with loving detail on the scene, investing it with his usual anecdotal warmth.  The ferry is laden with a low-ranking samurai, his women, and some tradesmen, one strapping the load to his shoulder-pole in preparation to disembark.  On the far shore a more diverse group, consisting of a rich person in a palanquin, his squatting, seminaked bearer, his well-dressed retinue, and a pack horse laden with enormous barrels, waits to board for the return trip.  Visible in the background is the ticket office, where yet another customer puts in for passage; a solitary log-poler pushes off from shore.  Crossing cost ten coppers for all but samurai, who traveled free of charge.  Sheaves of dried rice straw to the right mark the season as autumn, adding to the lyrical quality of the print.

Publisher
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi seal).

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