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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
The Wedded Rocks in Futami, c. 1850
Ink on Paper
9 7/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (25.08 cm x 19.05 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Stanley Johnson
Accession Number: 2000.1.76

Marks
With a large blue title cartouche, signed Hiroshige ga, and a large red cartouche "crazy drawing."

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Ninteenth century Japanese color woodblock print depicting a pair of large rocks at sea joined by a rope bridge; often called the "Husband and Wife Rocks". These two rocks off the coast near Ise Shrine are associated with the deities Izanagi and Izanami who joined together to create the Japanese island. Each year on the 5th day of January, these sacred forms are bound with ropes made of rice straw, and offerings are made at the small shrine atop the taller rock. Hiroshige suggests the primordial qualities of these wedded rocks with their dark layered colors against the rising sun.

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