Hiroshige: Three resting pilgrimsHiroshige: Three resting pilgrims
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Three pilgrims, including a priest and a wandering monk, resting on the banks of a torrent in the mountains near Kôya-san, the famous temple district. With a waka poem about the dangerous waters of this river, by the monk Kôbô Daishi (Kûkai, 774-835), founder of the Buddhist Shingon sect.

Title: Kii Kôya no Tamagawa (The Jewel River at Kôya Mountain in Kii province)

Series: Shokoku Mutamagawa (The Six Jewel Rivers in the various provinces)

Signature: Hiroshige ga

Publisher: none given

Censor: Mura (Murata Sahei)

Date: 1842-46

Size: Horizontal Ôban, 25,6 x 37,5 cm (overall size)

Impression and colours overall very good, yellow slightly faded. Unbacked. Some soiling, light creasing, stains and rubbing, mainly in margins. A few small holes and paper damages, paper thinning in upper corners, verso in top corners small paper remnants from former attachment. A few tiny holes. Overall good condition.

The first edition was published by Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) in 1835/36; here a somewhat later edition without publisher's mark, as it is often the case with this very appealing small series.
Cf. Basil Stewart, Subjects Portrayed in Japanese Colour-Prints, London 1922, p. 151ff; Tamba Tsuneo, The Art of Hiroshige, Tokyo 1965, Nos. 305 and 306.
Comparable copies (without publisher’s seal): MAK Vienna, no. KI 10930 (with a transcription of the poem); Minneapolis Institute of Art, No. P.75.51.348 (colour variant)