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Kawase Hasui, Japanese, (1883–1957)
Itsukushima Shrine in the Snow, 1932
Ink on Paper
9 1/2 in. x 14 5/16 in. (241.3 mm x 363.54 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Bailey
Accession Number: 54.1.95


Commentary
Considered for centuries one of Japan’s “Three Scenic Views” (along with Amanohashidate north of Kyoto and Matsushima in Sendai), Itsukushima, better known as Miyajima (“Shrine Island”) is famous for the massive red torii gate that appears to float on the water. A shrine was established on the island as early as the 6th century, but this shrine is traditionally associated with the warlord Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181) who oversaw the region and conducted maritime trade with other provinces. The shrine is dedicated to three sister goddesses of seas and storms, who offer protection against the destructive powers of water. This image of Miyajima by Kawase Hasui presents a rare view of the site shrouded in snow, looking even more serene than usual.

- Meher McArthur, January 7, 2021

Marks
Along lower edge of print in red ink (printed): "The Mayajima Shrine in Snow, Artist - Kawase Hasui. Woodcut printing by S. Watanabe, in Tokyo;" In pencil on lower edge: "Itsukashiwa Shrine;" On verso of paper backing, on label in upper right: Bai VI 2. Signed: Hasui.

Medium
Colored ink on paper; mounted onto a green paper backing. Woodblock print.

Object Description
Color woodblock print of a snowy dock and Itsukushiwa shrine.

Publisher
Watanabe Shozaburo.

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