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All Rivers Converge and Flow into the Sea

Woodblock Print
1857 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The location in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is the high ground at the southern (Shinagawa) end of the Takanawa district in south Edo. It is early morning and the summer sun is about to rise over Edo Bay and the Boso Peninsula far away to the east. A prostitute, still dishevelled from sleep, is lifting the netting that has protected her against mosquitoes during the night. Below on the left one can just discern among the pine trees the top of a torii gate (a two-column entrance) and a small shrine. This is the Susaki Shrine, dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water. Not visible, like the customer with whom the woman has probably spent the night, is the mouth of the Meguro river. As suggested by the title, this flows into the sea through a channel to the immediate left of the shrine. The three known designs from this series, published the year before Hiroshige died, are remarkable for the quality of calm engendered by their wide horizons and the unusual way in which their female subjects gaze into the distance with their backs turned to the viewer.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleA Mirror of Famous Rivers in the Eastern Capital (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'All Rivers Converge and Flow into the Sea', from the series 'A Mirror of Famous Rivers in the Eastern Capital'; fan print, Japanese, 1857
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Senzaburo. Censorship seal: aratame. Date seal: Snake 1 (1857/1).
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Place Depicted
Summary
The location in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is the high ground at the southern (Shinagawa) end of the Takanawa district in south Edo. It is early morning and the summer sun is about to rise over Edo Bay and the Boso Peninsula far away to the east. A prostitute, still dishevelled from sleep, is lifting the netting that has protected her against mosquitoes during the night. Below on the left one can just discern among the pine trees the top of a torii gate (a two-column entrance) and a small shrine. This is the Susaki Shrine, dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water. Not visible, like the customer with whom the woman has probably spent the night, is the mouth of the Meguro river. As suggested by the title, this flows into the sea through a channel to the immediate left of the shrine. The three known designs from this series, published the year before Hiroshige died, are remarkable for the quality of calm engendered by their wide horizons and the unusual way in which their female subjects gaze into the distance with their backs turned to the viewer.
Collection
Accession Number
E.12084-1886

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record createdMarch 5, 2000
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