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Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重)

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Shōno (庄野): The Kumano Shrine and the Shiratori Grave Mound (Kumano no yashiro - 熊野ノ社, Shiratori-zuka - 白鳥塚); Women Travellers (Onna tabibito), from the series The Fifty-three Stations [of the Tōkaidō Road] by Two Brushes (Sōhitsu gojūsan tsugi - 双筆五十三次)

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Dates: 1855,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signatures: Hiroshige hitsu (廣重筆)
Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Maruya Kyūshirō
(Marks 298 - seal 21-126)
Carver: Hori Take (彫竹)
Censor's seal: aratame
Date seal: 8/1855

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Chazen Museum of Art; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - later edition of this print with a green ground at the bottom and no pronounced woodgrain sky at the top; National Diet Library; British Museum - a completely different 1855 Hiroshige view of this site; Freer/Sackler Galleries - a Yoshitora version of this same location; Google maps - the Shōno station area;

Physical description:

Please click on the image to enlarge it so you can see the dramatic woodgrain printing of the gray sky of the landscape portion designed by Hiroshige.

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This is number 46 from this series of 55 prints - despite the title of the series.

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Illustrated in color in Kunisada's Tōkaidō: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints by Andreas Marks, p. 198, #T79-46.