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Low Tide at Susaki

Woodblock Print
ca. 1840-1842 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The view in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is of the spit of land (susaki) that extended out from the mouth of the Meguro river, channelling it northwards into Edo Bay, in the southern (Shinagawa) part of the Takanawa district in southern Edo. Susaki was a popular place for viewing the sunrise on New Year's day, but here the focus of activity is the gathering of shellfish in the shallow waters visible behind the courtesans on the bridge. The building to the left is a restaurant next to the entrance of the Susaki Shrine. Dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water, this nestled among a grove of pine trees, here partially visible behind the restaurant, at the very northern end of the spit.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleAnnual Events at Famous Places in Edo (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Low Tide at Susaki', from the series 'Annual Events at Famous Places in Edo'; fan print, Japanese, ca. 1840-1842
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Place Depicted
Summary
The view in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is of the spit of land (susaki) that extended out from the mouth of the Meguro river, channelling it northwards into Edo Bay, in the southern (Shinagawa) part of the Takanawa district in southern Edo. Susaki was a popular place for viewing the sunrise on New Year's day, but here the focus of activity is the gathering of shellfish in the shallow waters visible behind the courtesans on the bridge. The building to the left is a restaurant next to the entrance of the Susaki Shrine. Dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water, this nestled among a grove of pine trees, here partially visible behind the restaurant, at the very northern end of the spit.
Collection
Accession Number
E.574-1913

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record createdMarch 7, 2003
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