Iwami Province: Mount Takazuno, Salt Beach from the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan)

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Iwami Province: Mount Takazuno, Salt Beach

from the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu

(Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1876

Oki Province: Takuhiyama, Takibi no Yashiro from the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu

IHL Cat. #536

About This Print


Print number 47 四十七 in the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan) consisting of at least 78 prints.  The series formed a type of geographical primer of Japan and the prints were sold individually and bound into albums as can be seen in the below book in the collection of the British Museum.

 cover
inside cover
print number 1
Utagawa Hiroshige III
Nihon chishi ryakuzu
Set of 74 half-block sheets, with two quarter-block title pages. Woodblock-printed.
British Museum Registration number:  1973,0723,0.34

This print pictures the harvesting of salt on the beach below Mount Takazuno.  Hiroshige III has been inspired by (or just copied) the scene from his master Utagawa Hiroshige I's 1853 print Iwama Province, Salt Beaches at Takatsu from the series Famous Views in the Sixty Odd Provinces pictured below.

Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797–1858)
Iwami Province: Mount Takazuno, Salt Beach (Iwami, Takazunoyama, Shiohama),
from the series Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces, 1853 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 21.9531


Iwami (石見国; -no kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area that is today the western part of Shimane Prefecture. Iwami bordered Aki, Bingo, Izumo, Nagato, and Suō provinces.1

1 Wikipedia website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iwami_Province

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #536
 Title or Description  Iwami Province: Mount Takazuno, Salt Beach 高津山 汐浜
 Series
 Nihon chishi ryakuzu 日本地誌略図 (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan or Topgraphical Sketches of Japan)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Signature  Hiroshige ga
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  1876 (Meiji 9)
 Publisher  Fujiokaya Keijirō 藤岡屋慶次郎 (family name: Mizuno Keijirō 水野慶次郎) [Marks: pub. ref. 062]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - mounting residue verso upper right corner; thinning and small repair verso upper left corner where removed from folio
 Genre  ukiyo-e, fûkei-ga
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  chuban
 H x W Paper
 7 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (18.1 x 25.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (16.2 x 22.5 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 British Museum 1973,0723,0.34
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