Wild Geese Hunting in Iyo Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Wild Geese Hunting in Iyo Province

from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue

(Products of Greater Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1877

Capturing Falcons in Iyo Province, figure 1 from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

IHL Cat. #370

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. Iyo Province (伊予国, Iyo-no-kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area that is today Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku. Iyo bordered on Awa, Sanuki, and Tosa Provinces. It was sometimes called Yoshū (予州).1

A rough translation of the the print's cartouche is: In Yoshu province in October, hunters are catching wild geese descending to the ground. They hide in holes in the ground and use ogi-shaped nets to catch the geese coming nearby. 

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

Transcription of Scroll

Source: with thanks to Yajifun http://yajifun.tumblr.com/

Wild Geese Hunting in Iyo Province 同國(伊豫)峯越?(鴨)捕図

“豫州の峯々にて九月より十月の頃に至りて朝夕?(カモ)の群がり來り峯を越るを窺ひ獵師艸蔭に穴を堀り扇形の羅(アミ)をもつて穴の中に隠れ近く飛來る?を捕ふ その手ぎハ実に感するにたへたり” ※カモ 鴨

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.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Wild Geese Hunting in Iyo Province 同國[伊豫]峯越鳬捕図
 Dai Nippon Bussan Zue 大日本物産図会 (Products of Greater Japan)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
Andō Tokubei - artist's family name appearing in the bottom of the cartouche in the left margin. 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)
Ōkura Magobei 大倉孫兵衛 (Kin'eido; 1843-1921) [Marks: pub. ref. 627]
appearing in right margin
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 good
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - vertical centerfold
 Genre nishiki-e; kaika-e
left margin number marking
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper
 6 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (17.5 x 23.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (16.2 x 22.5 cm)

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 Waseda University Library http://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/yo01/yo01_04265/yo01_04265_0002/yo01_04265_0002_p0016.jpg