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The Shinobazu Pond at Ueno

Woodblock Print
1849-1852 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In this view of the Shinobazu Pond in Hiroshige's uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design, we can see both the island at its centre and the bridge connecting it to the mainland. The front of the shrine dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water, is visible, as are the tiled roofs of its various outbuildings. Surrounding these are restaurants and tea-houses. The cherry trees blossoming on and around the island tell us it is spring. The lack of lotuses usually found depicted on the pond makes the island seem more isolated than in most views. In the background, where the water darkens beneath the red-streaked sky, the mouth of the watercourse that feeds into the pond can be seen.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleFamous Ponds in the Eastern Capital (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'The Shinobazu Pond at Ueno', from the series 'Famous Ponds in the Eastern Capital'; fan print, Japanese, 1849-1852
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Unidentified publisher mark. Censor seals: Magome and Hama.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
Webb Bequest
Place Depicted
Summary
In this view of the Shinobazu Pond in Hiroshige's uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design, we can see both the island at its centre and the bridge connecting it to the mainland. The front of the shrine dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water, is visible, as are the tiled roofs of its various outbuildings. Surrounding these are restaurants and tea-houses. The cherry trees blossoming on and around the island tell us it is spring. The lack of lotuses usually found depicted on the pond makes the island seem more isolated than in most views. In the background, where the water darkens beneath the red-streaked sky, the mouth of the watercourse that feeds into the pond can be seen.
Collection
Accession Number
E.4869-1919

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record createdMarch 12, 2003
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