Hiroshige II, Nokogiri Mountain, One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces


Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
Title: 28. Nihon Temple on Nokogiri Mountain, Boshu (Awa) Province
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of the Various Provinces
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: 1859
Dimensions: 24.4 x 36.3 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print. 


Mt. Nokogiri has been designated as a place of worship for over one 1,300 years. The Soto Zen Buddhist temple of Nihon-ji resides there and about halfway up the mountain ascent is a large statue of the Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of healing and medicine, which was carved around 1780. In this print, the mountain itself resembles the Buddha’s silhouette. Subtly rendered on the mountain face are some of the 1,500 statues of Buddhist disciples said to have achieved enlightenment whilst remaining on earth. The mountain jutting out behind it, resembles it’s designated name, Eagle Cliff.

Hiroshige II Utagawa (1826 - 1869)

In the genre of Japanese art, Hiroshige II Utagawa was a woodblock print artist best known for continuing the tradition of Hiroshige I Utagawa in producing landscape prints. Born in Edo (today’s Tokyo), many details of his formative years are unknown, except that he became a pupil of Hiroshige I under the name of Shigenobu. Hiroshige II produced a large number of commissioned work in the 1850s in the style of the elder Hiroshige, and often signed his work ‘Ichiryusai mon’ (student of Ichiryusai, another art name of Hiroshige).

He seems to have married Hiroshige’s daughter Otatsu and inherited Hiroshige’s name following his death in 1858. In 1865 he moved from Edo to Yokohama after dissolving his marriage and began using the name Kisai Rissho. During this decade he produced a number of collaborative print series, particularly with Kunisada, who had earlier worked with Hiroshige I.

His works have often been confounded with those of Hiroshige I, resembling them closely in style, subject, and even signature, particularly in series such as ‘One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces’ (1859-61) that echo his master’s ‘Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces’ (1853-56). ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’ (1856-58), also mainly completed by Hiroshige I, was finished by Hiroshige II following the former’s death. While the signature on this series of prints remain the same, the later designs show stylistic resemblance to those of Hiroshige II. The artist’s other notable series include ‘Eight Views of the Sumida River’ (1861) and ‘Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital’ (1861-62).

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Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistHiroshige II Utagawa (1826 - 1869)
Size24.4 x 36.3 cm
Condition ReportRestored holes from the previous binding. Pinholes.
SeriesOne Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces::Hiroshige II Utagawa