Crane Hawk [falconry], in Iyo Province, figure 2 from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Crane Hawk [falconry] in Iyo Province, figure 2

from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue

(Products of Greater Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1877

Charcoal Making in Izu Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

IHL Cat. #1507

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. It depicts the capturing of a "crane hawk" using a tame crane hawk and a bird on a lure in Iyo Province.  The title of this print, shown in the left-most red part of the scroll, does not give the location, but the scroll tells us that it is 伊豫, Iyo, which is now part of Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku in Sourtheast Japan.  The small yellow cartouche (see Miscellaneous in Print Details below) informs us that the bird resting on the falconer's gloved hand is tame.

According to the website Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive the distribution of the "crane hawk" (Geranospiza caerulescens) is is limited to South and Central America, making it likely that some other raptor is pictured and described in the print.

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
 #1507
 Title or Description Crane Hawk [falconry] in Iyo Province, figure 2
 鶴鷹之図二 [伊予国 or 伊豫國 ] [Iyo no kuni] Kaku yō no zu ni
 Series
 Dai Nippon Bussan Zue 大日本物産図会 (Products of Greater Japan)
 Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 SignatureAndō Tokubei - artist's family name appearing in the bottom of the cartouche in the left margin [partially trimmed on this print]
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 on this print]
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 excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - vertical center fold; paper loss to upper left margin and lower right margin
 Genre nishiki-e; kaika-e
 Miscellaneous
 鷹ヲ馴之図  Picture of tamed crane hawk.

 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 
 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (17.1 x 23.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 3/8 x 9 in. (16.2 x 22.9 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
 Waseda University Library Archive 01_04265_0002
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