Hiroshige: Ariwara no Narihara
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Ariwara no Narihira (825-880) on his horse in front of Mount Fuji. The famous Heian period aristocrat and poet is accompanied on his journey to the east by an elderly umbrella-bearer and a young squire. An episode from the Ise Monogatari (Azuma kudari, ninth scene).
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Sanoki, Kikakudô), Edo
Size: Kakemono-e (vertical Ôban diptych) 70,5 x 23,2 cm (overall)
Very good impression, colours somewhat faded, overall still good. The two sheets unbacked, assembled, a little trimmed. Horizontal centrefold, smoothed creases, some thin spots and paper damages expertly restored. Stains and soiling. Overall fair condition of this well-known print.
Ill.: Tamba Tsuneo, The Art of Hiroshige, Tokyo 1965, p. 70, no. 150. Cf. also MFA Boston 06.966 and 21.6892. Honolulu Museum of Art, Michener Coll. 19187; Chazen Museum of Art, Van Vleck Coll. 1980.2202. British Museum 1906,1220,0.1038; MAK Vienna, KI 10582; AIC Chicago 1997.753