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Three Women Visiting the Okina Inari Shrine

Woodblock Print
1847-1848 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The characters Daimyojin and Okina that figure on the banner and paper lantern to the left of this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige identify the location as the Okina Inari Shrine. This was situated in the heart of Edo's busy Southern Nihonbashi district in grounds that were much more cramped than is suggested in this idealised evening view. Mount Fuji rises in the south-west above a bank of purple clouds, and to the right we catch a glimpse of crowds crossing the bridge at Nihonbashi. Further beyond, on the horizon, the roofs of the outbuildings of Edo Castle are just visible. The woman on the right is carrying an ema or votive picture to give as an offering to the shrine. The bundle of sticks that the courtesan on the left is holding are counters by which she can remember how many out of a pledged number of visits to the shrine she has made.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; Three Women Visiting the Okina Inari Shrine; fan print, Japanese, 1847-1848
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Sanpei. Censor seals: Hama and Kinugasa
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Place Depicted
Summary
The characters Daimyojin and Okina that figure on the banner and paper lantern to the left of this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige identify the location as the Okina Inari Shrine. This was situated in the heart of Edo's busy Southern Nihonbashi district in grounds that were much more cramped than is suggested in this idealised evening view. Mount Fuji rises in the south-west above a bank of purple clouds, and to the right we catch a glimpse of crowds crossing the bridge at Nihonbashi. Further beyond, on the horizon, the roofs of the outbuildings of Edo Castle are just visible. The woman on the right is carrying an ema or votive picture to give as an offering to the shrine. The bundle of sticks that the courtesan on the left is holding are counters by which she can remember how many out of a pledged number of visits to the shrine she has made.
Collection
Accession Number
E.539-1911

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record createdMarch 12, 2003
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