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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 26, Nissaka, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 13 13/16 in. (227.01 mm x 350.84 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.68

Alternate Title: Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi [Hoeidoban]: Nissaka, Sayo no nakayama

On mat in pencil: Johnson collection XVII set 26, n. 390, Hiroshige, Nissaka Station 26, Sayo Mountain Pass, 46.1.68. Censor's seal: kiwame.

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

Object Description
Color woodblock print from Hiroshige's Tokaido Road Series. On a steep uphill course to Nissaka, travelers passed a famous boulder associated with a legend involving a ghost. A large round stone, not particularly distinctive or unusual, it sits on the path in such a way as to impede the passage of travelers. Here we see curious men and women examining the boulder.

Called the Night-weeping Stone (yonaki ishi), the story relates that it wept every night out of sorrow for a pregnant woman who was tragically attacked and killed by bandits in this place. Her blood splashed over the nearby stone. Whether this story was true or not, it was in fact quite dangerous for women to travel alone; they were encouraged to travel in a group.

Hiroshige successfully depicts the feeling of a night on a steep mountain road.

"Hokusai and Hiroshige," p.189.

Seal of Senkakudo and Hoeido.

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