Drying Strips of Gourd, a Famous Product of Minakuchi, circa 1833 - 1834

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Drying Strips of Gourd, a Famous Product of Minakuchi, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Drying Strips of Gourd, a Famous Product of Minakuchi, circa 1833 - 1834

Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The Great Tokaido)

Hiroshige’s Great Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (present-day Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye-opening and life-changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo, he had experienced life mainly in the capital. After the trip, he returned to Edo and immediately began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's first Tokaido series is also known as the "Great Tokaido," or the "Hoeido Tokaido," after the publisher Hoeido. Hiroshige returned to this favorite subject again and again, creating many additional Tokaido series. Published circa 1833 - 1834, Hiroshige's famous Great Tokaido designs offer an opportunity to be transported back in time to see Japan as it was during the days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Drying Strips of Gourd, a Famous Product of Minakuchi, circa 1833 - 1834 - Interesting view of the village of Minakuchi, a small stop on the Tokaido Road following the mountainous Tsuchiyama region. In the foreground, three women are at work preparing kampyo (dried slices of gourd) to sell to travelers, cutting thin strips and hanging them to dry. At right, another woman drapes gourd strips along a section of bamboo fence in front of the thatched roofed houses of the village. Distant mountains appear in soft blue silhouette. Attractively colored and shaded.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. A few small spots, a couple small paper inclusions, small crease. Please see photos for details.

Drying Strips of Gourd, a Famous Product of Minakuchi, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Drying Strips of Gourd, a Famous Product of Minakuchi, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)