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The Flower Pavilion at Sendagi

Woodblock Print
1855 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

As the characters on the paper lanterns in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige indicate, the official name of the Flower Pavilion of the title was the 'Shisentei' or Purple Fountain Pavilion. It was a well-known establishment located on an escarpment at the north-east edge of Edo's Hongo district. It was reached by a steep path that rose from a valley, here filled with clouds, to the south-west. The area below and either side of this path was planted with flowers and trees; it also had an iris pond. Beyond this, and visible here surrounded by an extensive grove of trees, was the Nezu Gongen Shrine, which still survives today. The woman on the left is cooling herself after having taken a bath. Her companion, who is holding an identical light summer robe (yukata) to change into, is on her way to the bath-house.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'The Flower Pavilion at Sendagi'; fan print, Japanese, 1855
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Sanoya Kihei. Censorship seal: aratame. Date seal: Hare 2 (1855/2).
Dimensions
  • Height: 39.8cm
  • Width: 28.6cm
Style
Credit line
R. Leicester Harmsworth Gift
Place Depicted
Summary
As the characters on the paper lanterns in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige indicate, the official name of the Flower Pavilion of the title was the 'Shisentei' or Purple Fountain Pavilion. It was a well-known establishment located on an escarpment at the north-east edge of Edo's Hongo district. It was reached by a steep path that rose from a valley, here filled with clouds, to the south-west. The area below and either side of this path was planted with flowers and trees; it also had an iris pond. Beyond this, and visible here surrounded by an extensive grove of trees, was the Nezu Gongen Shrine, which still survives today. The woman on the left is cooling herself after having taken a bath. Her companion, who is holding an identical light summer robe (yukata) to change into, is on her way to the bath-house.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2927-1913

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record createdMarch 12, 2003
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