100 Views of Edo # 31 Deluxe 1st Edition by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Print Title: Azuma Shrine and the Entwined Camphor (Azuma no mori Renri no azusa), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: July 1856
Size: Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 24.6 cm (14 1/8 x 9 11/16 in.)
Date of this edition: July 1856, 1st edition
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Trimmed to the margins on the lower, upper and left side of the print, affecting the seals. Very good colors and impression.
Notes: Very rare 1st edition with 3 colors in the title cartouche. Deluxe edition with Mica in the river bank area. Usually, this technique was reserved for good customer or prestigious people, as the technology was fairly new, expensive and difficult to master.
More about this print: It is dusk on a spring day. A flock of birds crosses the dimming northeast sky as two boats pass each other below on the canal. The surface of the path to the Azuma Shrine is bathed in yellow, reflecting the late afternoon sun. Across the small bridge at the entrance to the shrine is the giant split trunk of the sacred tree known as the Entwined Camphor. The tree recalls an ancient legend about the mythical lovers Prince Yamato Takeru and Princess Ototachibana.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
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