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Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), "The Great Bridge at Sanjo"

arrow-left arrow right "The Great Bridge at Sanjo" by Hiroshige
Catalog ID A3026
Artist Hiroshige
Title The Great Bridge at Sanjo
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road
Edition
Date c.1847-52
Publisher Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô)
Reference No No. 55 in the 'Reisho Tokaido' series. The MET New York, "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art", Dec. 18th-31st, 2009
Size 9 -3/4 x 14 -1/2 "
Condition Very fine.

Notes: This print represents people crossing the Great Sanjō Bridge over the Kamo River in Kyoto, the imperial capital and the terminal of the Tōkaidō. Hiroshige includes Kyoto women, both Oharame, women from the nearby town of Ohara, who carry goods on their heads to sell, and also upper-class ladies veiling their heads with an outer garment called a katsugi. In the background are houses, temples, and villas at the side and foot of Higashiyama and the silhouette of Mount Hiei, an important Buddhist center. This scene is a close-up view of the Great Sanjō Bridge, while the print from the Hōeido series shows the entire bridge in the distance.

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