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.
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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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 snow draws a figure representing a nootoko , laborer, on the slopes of Fuji, this is an auspicious sign for a very rich harvest.
Designed in imitation of the mountain, the nets to cover the harvest, protection from birds looking for food.