Hiroshige - Sado Province, the Gold MountainHiroshige - Sado Province, the Gold Mountain
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Entrance to the huge gold mine on Sado island - built into the mountain.

Title: Sado – Kanayama (Sado Province, the Gold Mountain)

Series: Rokujû-yoshû meisho zue (Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome

Publisher: Koshi-hei (Koshimura-ya Heisuke)

Date: 9/1853

Size: Oban, 34,3 x 23 cm (woodblock size)

Very nice and early print, with a blue sky, excellent impression and colours, clearly visible wood grain and very fine gradation of colours (bokashi) at mountains and huts in the foreground.

A few tiny pinholes at left margin, margins partly a tiny bit worn, with a few small spots. Throughout very nice condition.

Fig. Suzuki/Ôkubo, No 36, Jansen, No 36; also MFA Boston, Denman Waldo Ross Collection No 06823.36 and more; British Museum No 1902,0212,0.397.2 (B 345).

Impressive depiction of the largest gold mine of Japan on Sado island - continuously exploited from 1601 until 1989.