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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

The festive procession of the Master carpenter and his assistants on the occasion of the traditional topping-out ceremony (placing the ridge beam for a new house) (tôryô-okuri). On the long stags they carry, are various luck charms and signs for blessing attached.

Title: Ôdenma-chô – gofuku-ten (The silk-goods lane in Odemma-cho)

Series: Meisho Edo hyakkei (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo)

Publisher: Uo-Ei (Uo-ya Eikichi)

Date: 7/1858

Size: Oban, 34,2 cm x 22,7 cm (print size)

Perfect, quite early edition of the print with brilliant colours. The wood grain is very good visible, fine Bokashi. The print is not mounted and has full margins. In the margin on the left side are some small pinholes and a hand written note in ink. On the Backside of the print, a round stain of the old label is visible. Very fine impression of the print. You can find a detailed description in: Smith, Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, New York, 2007 (6. A.) Nr. 74. Also compare: Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll. Inv. Nr. 22770. MFA Boston Spaulding Coll. Inv. Nr. 21.9477 a.o.