Mi kiri no fuji
Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei.
Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray and one of pink.
Format: hanshinbon koban (about 183x123 mm).
Signatures : Zen Hokusai Iitsu aratame Gakyorojin Manji.
Artist's seal : Fuji no Yama.
Dates : 1834-1836.
Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro.
Publishers: Nishimura Yuzo, Eirakuya Toshiro.
Beautiful proof with good contrasts, in a fourth edition published by Tohikedo in 1852 with the characteristic pink tone. Printed on Japan paper, in excellent condition, with clean edges all around beyond the marginal line.
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Fuji is viewed through the grid of a shoji , a sliding wall.
A painter puts the finishing touches on a boat charterer's lantern/sign on the Sumida River.
The lantern bears both the name of the house, Fuji-ya, and the slogan , senkyaku banrai , one thousand customers, ten thousand visits.
The sign lists the various types of vessel available: from pleasure boats, yanebune , to cargo boats, nirari ; from fast boats, chokibune , to fishing boats, tsuribune .
Mikiri, vision as through a grid.