Sadanobu: Snowy Dawn at Ryoan-ji Temple

Hasegawa Sadanobu

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Artist: Hasegawa Sadanobu
Title: Snowy Dawn at Ryoan-ji Temple
Series: Miyako meisho no uchi (Set of Famous Views of the Capital [Kyoto])
Date: 1858

"Snowy Dawn at Ryoan-jie Temple" (Ryoan-ji yuki [no} akebono). We see the horizon glowing pink against a scene of snow-covered temple grounds, which includes a lake surrounded by pine trees and a main temple building. A woman and her child seem to be delighted at the swimming ducks, which look like they could be colorful mandarin ducks. The series Miyako meisho no uchi (Set of Famous Views of the Capital [Kyoto]) includes at least 30 designs. The original wrapper for this series had a slightly different title: Miyako meisho shashin kagami (A Mirror of Famous Views of the Capital [Kyoto]— Truthfully Copied). It followed soon after the publication in 1856-58 of Utagawa Hiroshige's Meisho Edo hyakkei (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo). Packs a delightful visual punch despite its size. 

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Barely visible center fold.
Dimensions: chûban (17.4 x 23.5 cm)
Publisher: Wataya Kihei
Signature: Sadanobu sha


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