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View of the Sumida River in the Snow

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

Although this is a later printing (atozuri) of a mid-1840s design, the colouring and register of the wintry view of the upper reaches of the Sumida river in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige are still relatively good. We are looking upstream from the Mukojima side of the Hashiba ferry crossing in northern Edo. The houses across the river mark the upper extremity of the Massaki area, while the stone lanterns and torii gate (a two-column gate to a Shinto shrine) among the snow-laden pine trees to the right are the entrance to the Suijin Shrine. This place was dedicated to the spirit of the Sumida river, and was believed to give protection to boatmen and others who depended on the river for their livelihood.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleFamous Places in Edo (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'View of the Sumida River in the Snow', from the series 'Famous Places in Edo'; fan print, Japanese, 1843-1847
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Sanoya Kihei. Censor seal: Tanaka. Later printing (atozuri).
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
Webb Bequest
Place Depicted
Summary
Although this is a later printing (atozuri) of a mid-1840s design, the colouring and register of the wintry view of the upper reaches of the Sumida river in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige are still relatively good. We are looking upstream from the Mukojima side of the Hashiba ferry crossing in northern Edo. The houses across the river mark the upper extremity of the Massaki area, while the stone lanterns and torii gate (a two-column gate to a Shinto shrine) among the snow-laden pine trees to the right are the entrance to the Suijin Shrine. This place was dedicated to the spirit of the Sumida river, and was believed to give protection to boatmen and others who depended on the river for their livelihood.
Collection
Accession Number
E.4872-1919

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record createdMarch 11, 2003
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