Murazakai 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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Usually the boundaries of the villages were marked by temples or other markers in order to propitiate the local Kami .
The illustrated sign, formed of paper strips with votive offerings, Gohei , was placed on a string stretched between two branches.
In Shinto temples there are no idols or images of deities, the revered Kami are represented by Goshintai or mi-tama-shiro , mirrors, stones, swords, etc. or give Gohei , paper offerings, bells, floral arrangements.