Eisen: Konosu, a distant view fof Mt. Fuji
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Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)

Travellers on the road through a windy plain, Mount Fuji in the background. In the center a lower ranking samurai is carrying his belongings on his shoulders; To the left with we can see a Komusô, a Zen-buddhist mendicant monk wearing his large straw hat and carrying his encased shakuhachi flute in his left hand hand. He carries his luggage on his back.

Title: (Konosu, a distant view of Mt. Fuji at Fukiage) – No. 8

Series: Kisokaidô (rokujûkyû tsugi) (The sixty-nine stations of the Kisokaido Highway)

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeidô), with seal

Date: 1835-36

Size: Oban yoko-e, 22,7 x 34,8 cm paper size

Still very good impression; very good, fresh colours. Unbacked, margins only minimally trimmed. A few tiny wormholes and stains. Upper right corner in margin restored. Overall very good condition. Unidentified collector’s seal.

Not from the first edition (which is the only one bearing Eisen’s signature), but still rather early, the publisher‘s seal still present.

Cf. Abb. Ukiyo-e Taikei vol. 15, No. 8-2 (comparable state, without signature). MFA Boston, Spaulding Coll. No. 21.4803. Tokyo National Museum, Inv. No. A-10569_7993-8 (comparable, no signature)