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Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 31, Maisaka

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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 31, Maisaka, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 13/16 in. x 13 15/16 in. (223.84 mm x 354.01 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.28


Marks
On mat in pencil: Jo XVIII n. 31, 385, Maisaka Station 31, View of Imagiri, 46.1.28, Hiroshige. Signed: Hiroshige ga.

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

Object Description
Section 31

Lake Hamana and the ocean were separated until 1499, when an earthquake and the subsequent tidal wave, or tsunami, washed away a portion of the neck of land separating them. The portion of land that remained became known as Imagiri (New Break) Promontory. Hiroshige depicts Hamana Lake in the foreground, with the promontory in the middle ground. Beyond its head, at the left, we see the ocean stretching to the horizon and the sails of two distant boats. The high peak at the tip of the promontory is not part of the real topography, but is Hiroshige's imaginary creation, added for compositional effect (Kondo 1965, no.31). At the left, below the green bank, three erect burlap sails suggest the presence of a dock.
The lake and the ocean are colored blue by the bokashi technique from the bottom upward and the horizon downward, leaving the middle of the sheet a plain white, alluding to the light reflecting on the water.
(ref. “Hokusai and Hiroshige,” p. 194)

Publisher
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.

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