Hiroshige: Mount Atago, Shiba
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Mount Atago, Shiba
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
The proprietor of the Atagoya teahouse holds a giant rice paddle after performing the “Heaping Rice Ceremony” on the third day of the new year at Atago Shrine. He is dressed in a curious ensemble, including an upside-down basket for a hat, ornamented with a seasonal fruit and ferns. The kombu (kelp) he is draped with will be chopped up and distributed to attendees of the ceremony to ward off colds in the new year. Some scholars have commented that this might be a portrait of Hiroshige himself.
Condition: Excellent impression and color: very good condition. Repaired binding holes near left margin and some rubbing lower right. First, or deluxe edition.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous View of Edo”, plate 21.
Signature: Hiroshige ga