Hiroshige: Station Fuchû, number 20. Gathering Tea
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Station Fuchû, number 20. Gathering Tea
Series: “Fifty-three Parallels for the Tôkaidô Road” (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)
Date: ca. 1845
Two charmingly attired beauties gather tea into woven baskets. The region was famous for its tea and mochi (rice cakes). The cartouche above shows the Abe river and contains a famous haiku by Bashô.
Condition: Excellent impression and color. Very good condition. Repaired wormage near margin.
Publisher: Ibaya Kyûbei
Literature: See Tôkaidô Texts and Tales, edited by Andreas Marks, page 80.
Signature: Hiroshige ga