Gantan no fuji
Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei
Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray and one of pink.
Format: hanshinbon koban (about 183x123 mm)
Signatures : Zen Hokusai Iitsu aratame Gakyorojin Manji
Seal of the artist : Fuji no Yama
Dates : 1834- 1836.
Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro
Editors: Nishimura Yuzo, Eirakuya Toshiro.
Beautiful test with good contrasts, in a fourth edition published by Tohikedo in 1852 with the characteristic pink tone. Imprinted on Japan paper, in excellent condition, with uncut margins all around beyond the marginal line.
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Here is represented a moment of the Shinnen festival, a celebration for the first day of the new year, in Edo.
Symbolically on this day, the houses were swept from the dross of the past year by throwing beans or beans in the corners with the invocation oni wa soto fuku wa uchi , demons outside, luck inside. The streets that day were joyously crowded with manzai (traveling buffoons), kadozuke (wandering players), kugutsu (puppeteers) , saizo (drummers). These are the characters that populate the drawing, among which we note a manzai with his assistant (whose kimonos show a mon with the ideogram san , three, inserted in a circle), a kadozuke .
On the left a kite with the ideogram Fu , meaning both Fuku , prosperity, and Fugaku , the divine mountain.
Panel with the same title and the drawing of the expulsion of the demons from the house is in the illustrated album Hokusai soga (early 1820s) and in Mangwa IV (1816).