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The Moon Reflected on the Water by the Pier of a Bridge

Woodblock Print
ca. 1845-1850 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The simple but well-balanced composition in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is inscribed with a haiku (17-syllable poem) by Sakuragaoka Toshishige, whose signature and seal appear in the centre of the design. The poem reads:

Kumorinaki
Oya no megane ya
Aki no tsuki

(Unclouded
Like a parent's understanding of its child
The autumn moon.)

The rib marks are evidence that the print was salvaged from use as a fan.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; The Moon Reflected on the Water by the Pier of a Bridge; fan print, Japanese, about 1845-1850
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Ichiryusai ga. Artist seal: Hiroshige. Publisher mark: Aritaya Seiemon.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Credit line
Webb Bequest
Summary
The simple but well-balanced composition in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is inscribed with a haiku (17-syllable poem) by Sakuragaoka Toshishige, whose signature and seal appear in the centre of the design. The poem reads:



Kumorinaki

Oya no megane ya

Aki no tsuki



(Unclouded

Like a parent's understanding of its child

The autumn moon.)



The rib marks are evidence that the print was salvaged from use as a fan.
Collection
Accession Number
E.4878-1919

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record createdDecember 17, 2003
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