HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The ascent (of the dragon) to Fuji, Toryu no fuji , n.36

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The ascent (of the dragon) to Fuji, Toryu no fuji , n.36

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Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei 

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray.

Format: hanshinbon koban diptych (about 183x253 mm)

Signatures : Zen Hokusai Iitsu aratame Gakyorojin Manji

Artist's seal : Fuji no Yama

Dates : engraved between 1834 – 1836, impressed between 1850 and 1870

Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro

Publisher: Katano Toshiro.

Splendid proof with good contrasts, in the third edition from the original woodcuts. Printed on Japan paper, in excellent condition, with clean edges all around beyond the marginal line.


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Literally 'visit to Fuji', practically a divine encounter. 

A dragon ascending Fuji from the depths of a lake; metaphor of success taken from the legend of the dragon that rises to heaven after a thousand years spent in the dark depths of a lake.

Ryu , the dragon, symbol of the emperor in Chinese iconography; in Japanese mythology dragons embody the spiritual power of celestial spaces, and that of both physical and psychic elements and love to ride storms. The dragon ascending Mount Fuji in the clouds is a symbol of rebirth and success.