Akatsuki 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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Fuji at dawn, two couriers at a kosatsu , the place where public notices are posted. The scene is dominated by the dark stillness of the mountain, as seen against the light.
Hikiaku , literally 'flying legs', were the couriers of the shogun courier service that connected Edo with Kyoto, the seat of the emperor, covering the route of about 514 km, in just three days and 10 hours.