Hiroshige: Ayase River and Kanegafuchi :Ayasegawa Kanegafuchi
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Ayase River and Kanegafuchi :Ayasegawa Kanegafuchi
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo; Meisho Edo Hyakkei
A branch of silk tree, nemunoki, a kind of mimosa blossoms beautifies the bank of the Ayase River, the farthest point north in Hiroshige’s progression along the Sumida. The view is from the west bank, looking across to the northeast at the point where the Ayase River flows into the Sumida. The name Kanegafuchi, the bell depths derives from the legend of a temple bell that was washed into the river during the flood, sinking to the bottom. This stretch of the water on the curve flows rapidly and is deeper than most portions.A boatman poles his raft in the shallows and wears a garment that echoes the pattern of the blossoms. A heron rises into the sky.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Strip of backing paper along right margin
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”, plate 63.
Signature: Hiroshige ga