Catching Salmon in Echigo Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Catching Salmon in Echigo Province

from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue

(Products of Greater Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1877

Iron Works in Etchu Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

IHL Cat. #364

IHL Cat. #1489

About This Print


One of 118 prints in the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)issued in August 1877 to coincide with the opening of Japan’s first National Industrial Exposition (Naikoku Kangyō Hakurankai) held in Tokyo’s Ueno Park.  The print depicts men catching salmon which have become stranded on a sandbar during their autumn migration up river.

Echigo (越後国, Echigo no kuni) was an old province in north-central Japan, on the Sea of Japan side, northernmost part of the Hokurikudō (北陸道)) Circuit. It bordered on Uzen, Iwashiro, Kōzuke, Shinano, and Etchū Provinces. Today the area is part of Niigata Prefecture, which also includes the island which was the old Sado Province.1

Scroll Inscription

Source: National Museum of Japanese History http://www.rekihaku.ac.jp/up-cgi/getdocrd.pl?tn=1548&ti=0&h=./history/w11288752628_28652&ch=2&p=param/nisikie/db_param&o=1501&k=50&l=&sf=0&so=

Notes:
[備考]中判 横 錦絵   画工:歌川広重3 安藤徳兵衛 大鋸町四番地  版元:大倉孫兵衛 日本橋通一丁目十九番地   主題内容:産業・技術 物産絵  越後  人名その他:鮭 菅笠 腰簑

Scroll:
当国の鮭は初秋上り 北海を出て千曲川阿加川に沂る事凡五十四里 川にある事五ヶ月 清き流水の所に子を産つけ后海に返る ?水にある事十四五日にして魚 と化 春に至て海に入 生長して川を登る事前のごとし 鮭網あるを知り遁んとして河原に飛上り走ること四五間矢の如くにして水に飛入る 然れども先なる魚 ものにふれて倒るゝことあれば後の鮭皆倒て走らず 奇魚と云べし 漁夫これをとる事安し

Multiple Editions (Variant Printings)

At least three variant printings (editions) were made of this series.  Each variant printing uses a different colored cartouche containing the series' title, either red, green or rainbow-colored.  Different colored borders were also used and variances in the use of colors and shading are present in the three editions. 

While this collection's two prints both have a red series title, differences in color can be seen in the print, most notably in the shading of the foreground sandbar.


1 Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echigo_Province

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #364 and #1489
 Title or Description Catching Salmon in Echigo Province 越後国鮭洲走を捕図
 Series
 Dai Nippon Bussan Zue 大日本物産図会 (Products of Greater Japan)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Signature
Andō Tokubei - artist's family name appearing in the bottom of the cartouche in the left margin (partially trimmed from both prints)
Full cartouche reads 画工 大鋸町四番地 安藤徳兵エ [gakō Ōga machi yon banchi Andō Tokubei]
 Seal  none
 Publication Date 1877 (Meiji 10)
 PublisherŌkura Magobei 大倉孫兵衛 (Kin'eido; 1843-1921) [Marks: pub. ref. 627] appearing in right margin. (partially trimmed from both prints)
Full cartouche reads 出版人 日本橋通一丁目十九番地   
大倉孫兵衛 (Publisher, Nihobashi-dōri Itchōme 19-banchi, Ōkura Magobei)
 Impression IHL Cat. #364: good
 IHL Cat. #1489: good
 Colors IHL Cat. #364: excellent
 IHL Cat. #1489: excellent
 Condition IHL Cat. #364: excellent - centerfold
 IHL Cat. #1489: good - separation at centerfold reinforced on verso; small paper loss at top of centerfold; left half of print is backed
 Genre nishiki-e; kaika-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper
 IHL Cat. #364: 6 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. (17.5 x 23.8 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1489: 6 13/16 x 9 1/4 in. (17.3 x 23.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 IHL Cat. #364: 6 3/8 x 9 in. (16.2 x 22.9 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1489: 6 3/8 x 9 in. (16.2 x 22.9 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 Hagi Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum Urakami system U02956; Waseda University Library Archives 01_04265_0002; National Museum of Japanese History H-22-1-30-7-24
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