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Mount Fuji at Dawn from the Island of Enoshima

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

This 'uchiwa-e' (rigid fan print) design offers a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. The mountain is rising in the west over the waters of Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture. Hiroshige's skilful use of tonal grading ('bokashi') combined with the deliberate omission of a black outline gives the mountain an almost unearthly radiance. The two women appear to be standing on the sandbar that at low tide allows visitors to make the short crossing to Enoshima. You can see the island's rocky cliffs on the upper left. Enoshima was dedicated to the goddess Benten in the late 12th century. It has been a popular place of worship ever since. During the Edo period (1615-1868), merchants, actors and entertainers visited it to make prayers and offerings for improved commercial and artistic prospects.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleThirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Mount Fuji at Dawn from the Island of Enoshima', from the series 'Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji'; fan print, Japanese, 1849-1852
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Senzaburo. Censor seals: Muramatsu and Fukushima.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Summary
This 'uchiwa-e' (rigid fan print) design offers a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. The mountain is rising in the west over the waters of Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture. Hiroshige's skilful use of tonal grading ('bokashi') combined with the deliberate omission of a black outline gives the mountain an almost unearthly radiance. The two women appear to be standing on the sandbar that at low tide allows visitors to make the short crossing to Enoshima. You can see the island's rocky cliffs on the upper left. Enoshima was dedicated to the goddess Benten in the late 12th century. It has been a popular place of worship ever since. During the Edo period (1615-1868), merchants, actors and entertainers visited it to make prayers and offerings for improved commercial and artistic prospects.
Collection
Accession Number
E.575-1913

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record createdNovember 18, 2003
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