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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, (1760–1849)
Numazu (Station 13), c. 1806
Ink on Paper
5 1/8 in. x 7 in. (13.02 cm x 17.78 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Stanley Johnson
Accession Number: 2000.1.102


Full Title: Fifty-six Views of the Tokaido Road: Numazu (Station 13)

Marks
Signed Hokusai.

Medium
Aiban; colored ink woodblock print on off-white paper.

Object Description
Basically, these 59 small horizontal prints [from a miniature Tokaido series] feature a framed margin, a cartouche with the station-name in kaisho (squarish calligraphy), and below it, in two columns, the artist's signature (generally, Gakyojin Hokusai ga), and the name and distance of the following post-stage...With 'Numazu'...we turn to a more everyday theme that was to form something of a trademark for the artist...: two rustic boys are shown walking past, nonchalantly neglecting their task of sweeping up leaves. In the background snow-clad Mt Fuji looms faintly through a clump of pine trees. Within its severe limitations, this may well be one of Hokusai's more perfect prints.
(Ref. Richard Lane, "Hokusai: Life and Work," p. 67)

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