Hiroshige: Mannen Bridge, Fukagawa (Fukagawa Mannenbashi) (Sold)

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Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Mannen Bridge, Fukagawa (Fukagawa Mannenbashi)
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
Date: 11/1857

A turtle gazes out towards the river beyond, it’s front leg framing Mount Fuji. The turtle hangs from a wooden bucket and is being offered for sale to be released as part of a Buddhist tradition that believes that saving a life increases positive karma.

Henry Smith says it best: “Perfectly poised between its closely framed little bucket-world and the river beyond, it seems an apt expression of late Edo itself, breaking out of its seclusion onto the stage of world history.”

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Narrow right margin.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige --One Hundred Famous View of Edo”: plate 56.
Signature: Hiroshige ga