Hiroshige: Moon Pine, Ueno (Ueno sannai tsuki no matsu)

Utagawa Hiroshige

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Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Moon Pine, Ueno (Ueno sannai tsuki no matsu)
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo Hyakkei)
Date: 8/1857

One of the stronger designs from “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”.  An very good impression of this famous print, with woodgrain in the sky and traces of mica on the shading of the upper branch of the tree. This is a close-up picture of the famed pine tree with a moon-shaped looped branch, also named the Rope Pine (Nawa no matsu) at the Shinobazu pond in Ueno. We see Benten Shrine in the lower right  in the distance over the townspeoples’ houses and three fire watch towers of different daimyos estates--the one in the loop must be the tower in the estate of Maeda, lord of Kaga. Hiroshige depicted this pine tree in another composition in 1856/4, a view from the Kiyomizu-dô, the Benten Shrine. This tree was blown off in a storm in the early Meiji Period.

Condition: Excellent color. Very good impression and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo, plate 89.
Seal: Censor’s seal “Aratame” and Date seal (mi hachi): 8th month of Snake year(1857)
Signature: Hiroshige ga


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