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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Evening Snow on Asuka Mountain, c. 1838
Ink on Paper
8 1/2 in. x 13 1/2 in. (215.9 mm x 342.9 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.151


Commentary
From “Taihaido kaihan (on the left margin), this print is the first edition, the first impression.

Marks
Japanese text on the bottom of the left edge, and in the upper left of the image. On mat in pencil: Jo XI 87a Hiroshige. On verso in pencil: 46.1.151 Jo XI 87a Hiroshige Adachi reproduction. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Medium
Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; on very pliable paper.

Object Description
Color woodblock print with an image of falling snow on Asuka Mountain. View of a sloping hill-side dotted with cherry trees; at the bottom of the slope runs a road leading to a village street ahead, along it plod wayfarers, one leading a packhorse, through the deep snow. This is the only snow scene know to the writer (but he believes there are others) in which the falling flakes of snow are indicated with a pigment (made from white-lead), instead of the natural white of the paper itself, with the result that they are now black owing to chemical decomposition.
(Source: Basil Stewart, p.145)

Publisher
Kikakudo (Sano-ya kihei) seal; Taihaido seal.

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