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Inside Akiba Shrine, Ukeji
by Utagawa Hiroshige

Available at Stanza del Borgo (IFPDA)

  • Date: 1857
  • Type: Prints
  • Medium: Woodblock
  • Edition size: unknown
  • Sheet Size: 36,0 x 24,5 cm
  • Signed: Signed
  • Condition: Pristine
  • Price: Price on Application

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Fine impression, with traces of mica powder, good margins, fine colour and condition. Located in the village of Ukeji, the Akiba Shrine was devoted to the fire god. In this view Hiroshige handles in his own distinctive way a visual effect borrowed from the West: the reflection of trees in the water. In this reflection the red of the maples is softened to a light pink. One interesting detail is the figure of the priest seated in the corner of the teahouse to the lower left. It has been proposed that this priest is none other than Hiroshige himself, who had taken the tonsure and became a lay priest in the Third Month of 1856, just at the time that the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo began to appear. For another fine impression see at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston no. 11.26347.

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