Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重)

Print: Bonito (katsuo) and saxifrage (yukinoshita [雪の下]) from an untitled series known as The Large Fish [魚尽くし]

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Dates: circa 1832 - 1833,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiryūsai Hiroshige ga
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
(Marks 391 - seal 16-053)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Chazen Museum of Art; Harvard Art Museums;

Physical description:

"This series of ten or eleven prints - it is not certain whether a print of trout belongs tothe series or not - was originally commissioned by a poetry club. They were thus first issued as a de luxe kyōka folding albums and all the prints from the first edition... have a centerfold.

Bokashi was added to the upper edge in later impressions..."

The poems are by Toshinoto Haruki and Toshihiro Machikado. The latter wrote:

Kamakura no
yuki no shita naru
fukumeba kiyuru
ajiwai zo yoki

Fresh bonito tastes best
when you let it melt in your mouth
under the snow in Kamakura.

"The name of the flower depicted here means literally 'under the snow'."

There are two early states of this print. One without the publisher's and censor's seal and one with - as in this case.



1) in Hiroshige: Prints and Drawings by Matthi Forrer, #84.

2) in a small black and white reproduction in the Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Ukiyo-e Prints (3), #3558.