Hiroshige II, Yamato Province, One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Hiroshige II Utagawa (1826-1869)
Title: Yamato Province from the series of One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: c. 1859-1861
Condition: Very thin backing. Minor wormholes on the margins. Trimmed. Some paper residue on the back.
Size: 23.7 x 34.5 cm
A dreamy depiction of Spring in the Yamato Province with cherry blossom trees surrounding the temple of Hase (Hase-ji).
The Temple of the Shingon Buddhist sect has been a sacred area since ancient times and influenced some of the Japanese classical writers, such as Murasaki Shikibu in 'The Tale of Genji'. Hase-ji is often called a 'flower temple' as the surroundings are always decorated with seasonal flowers.
Hiroshige II introduced the place from the bird's-eye perspective, partly covering it with the clouds, on which he applied three-colour gradation (bokashi) motif.
|Artist Name||Hiroshige II Utagawa|
|Title||Yamato Province from the series of One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces|
|Dimensions||23.7 x 34.5 cm|
|Series||One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces|