HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji and the good harvest, Hosaku no fuji , n.30

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji and the good harvest, Hosaku no fuji , n.30

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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.

 state of conservation, with untouched margins all around beyond the marginal line.


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An expanse of rice seedlings that shape the design by the thousands.

As far as the eye can see the cultivated fields placed under the protection of the small Shinto temple at the top of the hill, probably dedicated to Inari, the patron goddess of rice, the staple food in ancient Japan.

On the left of the horse's harness are the protective and auspicious inscriptions of daikichi , 'excellent luck', and shiawase-kichi , 'luck and happiness'. On the horse to the right, in a single weave, daiman - daidaikichi , 'a myriad of great fortune'.