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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Shokoku mutsu Tamagawa: Echizen Yunootoge, c. 1817-1858
Ink on Paper
14 3/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. (36.51 cm x 12.38 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Stanley Johnson
Accession Number: 2000.1.57

Full Title: Six Tama (Crystal) Rivers of Various Provinces: The Noji Tama River, Province of Yamato

The poem is by Toshiyori, translated in Stewart, "A Guide to Japanese Prints and their Subject Matter," p. 151: "We shall come again to Tama River by the meadow path, where the bush clover grows, and it may be we shall see the moon's image lying among the ripples.

Signed Hiroshige ga; publisher's seal (Marukyu).

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print; chu tanzaku.

Object Description
Ninteenth century Japanese color woodblock print depicting the poet Minamoto no Toshiyori (1055-1129) and an attendant on a bank surrounded by flowering bush clover and viewing the reflection of the moon. The six Tama rivers were a favorite theme for landscape designs. As in the Hak'kei views, each river had its one particular theme for treatment.

Hiroshige designed two full-size series, oblong and upright, of this subject, besides some in a panel shape.

Poem by Toshiyori: 'We shall come to Tama River by the meadow-path, where the bush-clover grows, and it may be we shall see the moon's image lying among the ripples.”


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