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The Shubi Pine Tree on the Asakusa River

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

In this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige we are party to the sense of anticipation awakened by a journey to the Yoshiwara licensed pleasure quarter in the northern part of Edo. The Shubi Pine Tree was a famous landmark that hung out over the Sumida river from the central pier of the Asakusa rice granary, a large complex of buildings that visitors travelling upstream by boat passed on their left between the Ryogoku and Azuma Bridges. Shubi means 'results', which in the context of visiting the Yoshiwara meant getting good value for money.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleEight Famous Views of Plants and Trees in the Eastern Capital (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'The Shubi Pine Tree on the Asakusa River', from the series 'Eight Famous Views of Plants and Trees in the Eastern Capital'; fan print, Japanese, 1843-1847
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Tsujiya Yasubei. Censor seal: Tanaka.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
R. Leicester Harmsworth Gift
Place Depicted
Summary
In this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige we are party to the sense of anticipation awakened by a journey to the Yoshiwara licensed pleasure quarter in the northern part of Edo. The Shubi Pine Tree was a famous landmark that hung out over the Sumida river from the central pier of the Asakusa rice granary, a large complex of buildings that visitors travelling upstream by boat passed on their left between the Ryogoku and Azuma Bridges. Shubi means 'results', which in the context of visiting the Yoshiwara meant getting good value for money.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2911-1913

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record createdMarch 11, 2003
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