HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji through the smoke, Enchu no fuji , n.19

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji through the smoke, Enchu no fuji , n.19

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

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Fuji veiled by the smoke of a fire of dry leaves in the propitiatory rite to Saruta Hiko no Kami revered as god of the road, given his habitual settlement at the crossroads of the paths of heaven. 

On the stele, at the top, the carved inscription Shomen Kongo, divinity of the paths, in the Edo period. In a barely mentioned bas-relief, the three little monkeys, attendants of the god: Mizaru, the little monkey meaning 'I don't see', Iwazaru, 'I don't speak' and Kikazaru, 'I don't hear'.