Hiroshige: Futami bayHiroshige: Futami bay
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Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797 – 1858)

The formation of rocks in the Futami bay is called Meoto-Iwa (married couple rocks). In the Shinto mythology the formation symbolizes the liaison of the Kami Izanami and Izanagi and is generally seen as a symbol for marriage. The bigger rock is said to be “male” and on it´s top is a small red Torii. In the background a view of Mt. Fuji with sailing boats.

Title: Ise Futami-ga-ura (Futami ga ura in Ise Province)

Series: Fuji sanjû-rokkei (Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeido)

Date: 1858

Very fine print with beautiful coulours, in the upper margin (back side of the print) residues of the former mounting, in the right upper corner of the margin a very small pinhole and at the bottom right corner of the margin a tiny worm hole. Altogether in very good condition

Cf.: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, No. 11.26330