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Woodblock print - The Sanno Festival with Melting Snow on Mount Fuji in the Background
  • The Sanno Festival with Melting Snow on Mount Fuji in the Background
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861
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The Sanno Festival with Melting Snow on Mount Fuji in the Background

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1843-5 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (artist)

  • Museum number:

    E.2268-1909

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The tutelary mountain gods, Oyamakui no Kami and Onamuchi no Kami from Mount Miwa, respectively called the ‘Little Hiei Deity’ and the ‘Big Hiei Deity’, were said to have resided on Mount Hiei in ancient times. As guardians of this sacred mountain, they were given the appellation Sanno (‘Mountain Kings’) and worshipped at the Hie Jinja shrine. The Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1605, became a patron of the Hie Shrine and worshipped the deity as the protector of Edo. This print features a magnificent float at the Sanno Festival, which is held annually in April to worship the Sanno gods.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1843-5 (made)

Artist/maker

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, born 1797 - died 1861 (artist)

Descriptive line

The Sanno Festival with Melting Snow on Mount Fuji in the Background, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji from Edo; by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861); signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga; 1843-5; Japan

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Toshiba Gallery:
This print depicts a magnificent float at the Sanno Festival, one of three major festivals held annually in Edo (modern Tokyo). The Sanno (‘Mountain Kings’) deities were enshrined in the Hie Jinja, a shrine located in Akasaka, and acted as guardians against evil spirits. The Hie Jinja was originally built in the 15th century. [23/08/2013]

Categories

Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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