Kai no fuji no-otoko
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
Seal of the artist : Fuji no Yama
Dates : 1834- 1836.
Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro
Editors: Nishimura Yuzo, Eirakuya Toshiro.
Beautiful test with good contrasts, in a fourth edition published by Tohikedo in 1852 with the characteristic pink tone. Imprinted on Japan paper, in excellent condition, with uncut margins all around beyond the marginal line.
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The view seems to illustrate a peasant folklore saying from the Taga no ura area, south of Fuji in the province of Sagami. When the melting of the snow draws on the slopes of Fuji a figure representing a nootoko , a farmhand, this is a good omen for a very rich harvest.
Designed in imitation of the mountain, the nets to cover the harvest, protection from birds in search of food.