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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
A group of porters with festively decorated trunks on the Tokaido road. Behind rice fields in the background to the right is Shiratori Hill with the tomb of the mythical prince Yamato Takeru.
Title: Shôno - Shiratori-zuka koseki (Shôno, the remains of the Shiratori burial mound) - Station No. 46
Series: Gojûsan tsugi meisho zue (Famous views of the 53 places, i.e. stations along the Tokaido highway), also known as the "Vertical Tôkaidô".
Signature: Hiroshige hitsu
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô), Edo
Date: 1855, 7th month
Size: Vertical Ôban, 34,1 x 22,4cm (image)
Very nice impression and colours, with well visible wood-grain and nice bokashi. Thinly backed, margins a little bit narrower at the sides, at the left side a little bit uneven and a fold along the margin. Two tiny wormholes in upper margin. Overall nice condition. At lower margin red collector's seal of Irma Grabhorn. Ill. Yoneda/Walter, p. 108 f, no. 46. Cf. also MFA Boston, Honolulu, Chazen, MAK Vienna a.o.