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Snowy Morning at the Kanda Myojin Shrine

Woodblock Print
1843-1847 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is remarkable for its pervasive and almost palpable sense of stillness, and for its more than usually close-up rendering of its female subject. The Kanda Myojin Shrine was situated in Edo's Hongo district, to the south of the Shinobazu Pond. It was moved from an earlier location to its position on the Yushima bluff in 1616, from which it enjoyed a commanding view to the east, visible here with the sky turning pink just before sunrise. Along with the Hie Sanno Shrine in the north of the city, the Kanda Myojin Shrine was one of Edo's two most important Shinto establishments. They were the centres of major summer and autumn festivals (the Sanno and Kanda Myojin festivals) that took place in alternate years and featured grand processions of festival floats that passed through the grounds of Edo Castle.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleThree Views of Snow at Famous Places in the Eastern Capital (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Snowy Morning at the Kanda Myojin Shrine', from the series 'Three Views of Snow at Famous Places in the Eastern Capital'; fan print, Japanese, 1843-1847
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Senzaburo. Censor seal: Fu.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
R. Leicester Harmsworth Gift
Place Depicted
Summary
This uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is remarkable for its pervasive and almost palpable sense of stillness, and for its more than usually close-up rendering of its female subject. The Kanda Myojin Shrine was situated in Edo's Hongo district, to the south of the Shinobazu Pond. It was moved from an earlier location to its position on the Yushima bluff in 1616, from which it enjoyed a commanding view to the east, visible here with the sky turning pink just before sunrise. Along with the Hie Sanno Shrine in the north of the city, the Kanda Myojin Shrine was one of Edo's two most important Shinto establishments. They were the centres of major summer and autumn festivals (the Sanno and Kanda Myojin festivals) that took place in alternate years and featured grand processions of festival floats that passed through the grounds of Edo Castle.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2916-1913

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record createdMarch 11, 2003
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