Hiroshige: Mannen Bridge, Fukagawa (Fukagawa Mannenbashi)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Mannen Bridge, Fukagawa (Fukagawa Mannenbashi)
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
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.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige --One Hundred Famous View of Edo”: plate 56.
Signature: Hiroshige ga