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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Susaki, the "thin strip of land" at the mouth of the Sumida River in Fugakawa, Edo district. In the foreground, the roof of the famous temple dedicated to the goddess Benten, to protect the springs, and where the arrival of dawn is watched in prayer. The recollection of prayer seems to involve the view itself. Fuji, almost black, not yet illuminated by the lights of dawn.