Hiroshige: Sanno Festival Procession, First (Deluxe) Edition
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Sanno Festival Procession
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo Hyakkei)
In the heat of midsummer, an extremely Hiroshige perspective from the top of the Drum-Bird (Kankodori) float of Odemna-cho. We catch the corner of the rooster perched atop the ceremonial “drum of admonition” at the top of the float, and glimpse the hats of the procession attendees from above. “Sanno Festival Procession at Kojimachi 1-chome” (Kojimachi-itchome Sanno matsuri nerikomi). The entire procession consisted of more than fifty large floats, some more than 30 feet high and lavishily decorated. We see Benkei Moat on the side of Edo Castle, from where the procession will pass under the personal review of the shogun at Inui Gate. From the First, or Deluxe Edition, with the extra bokashi clouds and generous mica on the blue of the float.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo, plate 51.
Signature: Hiroshige ga