HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji in a cup of sake, Haichu no fuji , n.39

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji in a cup of sake, Haichu no fuji , n.39

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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.

Bibliography:

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Calza GC Hokusai, the hundred views of Fuji , Milan, 1982.

Dickins FV Fugaku hiyaku-kei: one hundred view of Fuji by Hokusai , London, 1880.

Forrer M. Hokusai, prints and drawings , London, 1991.

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The Hagoromo legend tells of Hakuryo, a Miho fisherman in Suruga Bay, who finds a feathered dress lost by an angel.

Hakuryo is represented here celebrating the find with a cup of sake in which he sees the reflection of Fuji.

The legend inspired the text of a famous play of the No theater, with the same title, Hagoromo , the robe of feathers.