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HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji like a mirror, Kyodai fuji , n.25

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji like a mirror, Kyodai fuji , n.25

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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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From a location near Edo it is possible, at sunset, to see the sun perfectly positioned in a crown on the top of Fuji, with the rays drawing the very symbol of Japan, the Rising Sun. 

In modern times, the allegorical and stylized figure of the sun with crowned rays in bright red on a white field, constitutes the naval ensign of Japan.

The salt drying containers suggest the identification of the location, near Gyotoku or Kisarazu in Edo Bay, famous places for the preparation of salt.

A table full of humanity: the mooring of the fishing boat, the fisherman on the gangway with the barbell carrying his meal package and the flask of sake, the dog sniffing the fishing basket.