by Sadahide (1807 - 1873)
Comments - Fantastic panoramic view of visitors and dignitaries arriving for the transfer of Ise Shrine. Every twenty years, the shrine buildings are reconstructed as part of the Shinto belief in the impermanence of all things and the death and renewal of nature. A long procession winds its way from the shore near the Wedded Rocks at left and over the mountain, while other visitors arrive by crossing the two bridges over the waterway at right. The shrine is nestled among the trees at right, a hive of activity as people pass through a series of torii gates onto the sacred grounds. A wonderful illustration of this famous event, with beautiful color, fine detail, and soft shading in the water and sky. A beautifully printed design from a small group of Taisho era reprints by Otsukakogeisha Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, which began publishing in 1919.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Sadahide (1807 - 1873)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 19 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Slight toning, a few spots. Please see photos for details.