Hiroshige: Fudo Falls, Oji
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Fudo Falls, Oji
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
The scenic and secluded Fudo Falls draws visitors for religious, scenic and restorative reasons. The falls were approached through the grounds of the Shojuin Temple, a Buddhist temple. Fudo (immovable) is a Buddhist deity depicted wreathed in flames and holding a sword. Henry Smith notes that the stylized depiction of the waterfall may also be an allusion to Fudo’s mighty sword of wisdom. Garlanding the top we see shimenawa rope, used to mark a sacred Shinto space. We see a man wading gingerly into the supposedly curative waters, and an older woman serving tea to another visitor who looks like he may have already gone for a dip. Two women with parasols approach to take in the scenic beauty.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Large margins.
Dimensions: 35.7 x 24.5 cm
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”, plate 49.
Signature: Hiroshige ga