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

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Catching Yellowtail in Tango Province

from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue

(Products of Greater Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1877

Beach Fishing for Yellowtail in Tango Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

IHL Cat. #374

IHL Cat. #1498

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. Boatmen are herding the Yellowtail (albacore tuna, binnegamaguro) into nets which are then pulled in from the shore by others who are rotating two axles of winding rollers, which were anchored on the beach.

Also see print IHL Cat. #1505 Beach Fishing for Yellowtail in Tango Province.

Tango Province
(丹後国, Tango no Kuni) was an old province in the area that is today northern Kyoto Prefecture facing the Sea of Japan. Tango bordered on Tajima, Tamba, and Wakasa provinces.  At various times both Maizuru and Miyazu were the capital and chief town of the province.1

The artist based many of his designs on the designs that appeared in the 1799 book Nihon Sankai Meisan Zue (Famous Sea and Land Products in Japan), leaving some question whether everything Hiroshige III portrayed in the series was truly the "state of the art" in 1877 when the series was issued. (Although for many activities pictured, things would have looked much the same in 1877 as in 1799.) In many cases, the information in the scroll is also copied from the earlier work.

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鰤追網
Illustration of catching Yellowtail from Nihon Sankai Meisan Zue (Famous Sea and Land Products in Japan), 1799

Transcription of Scroll

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

Catching Yellowtail in Tango Province 丹後國鰤追網之圖

鰤ハ丹後国与謝の入海にとるものを上品とす 魚つねに此にあそび長ずるに及で出んとする時をうかゞひ追?(オヒアミ)を以て捕る ?ハうミの入口にはり数十艘ふねをならべ舳(フナバタ)をたゝき魚をおひいれ尚魚のもれざるため三重にあミをかけ??にてひきあけるなり

※アミ 網 フナバタ 舷 ロクロ 轆轤

Multiple Editions (Variant Printings)

At least three variant printings (editions) were made of this series.  Each variant printing uses a different colored cartouche, 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
 #374 and #1498
 Title or Description  Catching Yellowtail in Tango Province
 
丹後國鰤追網之図  Tango no kuni buri ō ami no zu
 Series
 Dai Nippon Bussan Zue 大日本物産図会 (Products of Greater Japan)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Signature  廣重筆 Hiroshige hitsu in bottom right margin (trimmed from both prints)
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  1877 (Meiji 10)
 Publisher  Ōkura Magobei 大倉孫兵衛 (Kin'eido; 1843-1921) [Marks: pub. ref. 627]
 Impression  IHL Cat. #374: good
 IHL Cat. #1498: good
 Colors  IHL Cat. #374: excellent
 IHL Cat. #1498: excellent
 Condition  IHL Cat. #374: good - vertical centerfold
 IHL Cat. #1498: good - vertical centerfold reinforced verso; small paper losses top and bottom of centerfold; remnants of backing left and right margins verso
 Genre  nishiki-e; kaika-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  chuban
 H x W Paper
 IHL Cat. #374: 6 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (17.5 x 23.5 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1498: 6 13/16 x 9 5/16 in. (17.4 x 24.9 cm)
 H x W Image
 IHL Cat. #374: 6 3/8 x 9 in. (16.3 x 22.9 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1498: 6 3/8 x 9 in. (16.3d x 22.9 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 Hagi Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum Urakami system U02977; Waseda University Library Archives 01_04265_0002
last revision:
9/26/18
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