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Water

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

The text in the fan-shaped cartouche in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige reads Mizu - Ochanomizu josui no himasu Suidobashi areba gogyo no uchi mizu ni nazorau, meaning 'Water - the square aqueduct that crosses by Suido Bridge suggests the comparison of Ochanomizu to water'. Here we are looking west along the Kanda river from just downstream of the aqueduct that carried water from the Kanda Water Supply to Edo Castle and the central parts of the city to the east. Suido Bridge itself is visible in the distance between the right-hand arches of the aqueduct.


object details
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Object Type
Additional TitleThe Pride of Edo Compared to the Five Elements (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Water', from the series 'The Pride of Edo Compared to the Five Elements'; fan print, Japanese, 1843-1847
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Kyubei. Censor seal: Muramatsu.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
Webb Bequest
Place Depicted
Summary
The text in the fan-shaped cartouche in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige reads Mizu - Ochanomizu josui no himasu Suidobashi areba gogyo no uchi mizu ni nazorau, meaning 'Water - the square aqueduct that crosses by Suido Bridge suggests the comparison of Ochanomizu to water'. Here we are looking west along the Kanda river from just downstream of the aqueduct that carried water from the Kanda Water Supply to Edo Castle and the central parts of the city to the east. Suido Bridge itself is visible in the distance between the right-hand arches of the aqueduct.
Collection
Accession Number
E.4857-1919

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record createdMarch 11, 2003
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