Hiroshige: Province Awa: Whirlpool at Naruto.
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Province Awa: Whirlpool at Naruto.
Series: “60-odd Famous Views of the Provinces” (Rokujûyoshû meisho zue).
Dramatic waves leap and foam over rocks in the Naruto Strait, which connects the Inland Sea and the Kii Channel between Awaji and Naruto in Shikoku. It is famous for its whirlpools, one of which is depicted front and center. The finest design in this series, a masterpiece of nature’s dramatic beauty. The tiny unprinted area in the signature cartouche is present even in very early impressions. This compares well with the example at the Honolulu Acadamy, and is superior to the example found in most museum collections.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (37 cm x 25.2 cm)
Publisher: Koshimuraya Heisuke
Literature: See “Hiroshige’s Journey in the 60-Odd Provinces”, plate 55 page 138.
Seal: Carver’s seal: hori sôji
Signature: Hiroshige ga