HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The Fuji from Edo, Edo no fuji , n.24

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The Fuji from Edo, Edo no fuji , n.24

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Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei 

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray.

Format: hanshinbon koban (about 183x123 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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A shachihoko , an imaginary creature, a dragon-headed fish, a symbol made up of two water animals, placed on the roofs of houses to protect against fire. 

Those who, in the first bath after birth, saw the golden s hachihoko placed on top of the castle, seat of the shogun, were considered true citizens of Edo. 

A bird of prey perched on the shachihoko 's tail dominates the city as does Fuji, which alone in its grandeur dominates the heart of Japan.

Another later drawing by Shachihoko illustrates the title page of Mangwa xiv.