HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE FUJI ON THE EDGE OF A VILLAGE n. 82

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE FUJI ON THE EDGE OF A VILLAGE n. 82

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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.

Bibliography:

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Calza GC Hokusai, the hundred views of Fuji , Milan, 1982.

Dickins FV Fugaku hiyaku-kei: one hundred view of Fuji by Hokusai , London, 1880.

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Salamon Villa T., The hundred views of Fuji, Turin, 1975.

Smith II H. Hokusai: one hundred view of Fuji by Hokusai, London, 1988.

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.