Making Wicker Trunks in Tajima Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Making Wicker Trunks in Tajima Province

from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue

(Products of Greater Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1877

Cultivating Wild Silkworms in Tajima Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

IHL Cat. #1491

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, depicting a group of men and one woman making yanagigōri (wicker trunks).  The trunks and baskets made in Tajima were especially beautiful and were "sent to the baths at Arima, and further still to Kobe, and also exported."1

Making willow baskets c. 1900

Tajima Province (但馬国 Tajima no kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area that is today northern Hyōgo Prefecture. It was sometimes called Tanshū (但州). Tajima bordered on Harima, Inaba, Tamba, and Tango provinces. Tajima is the birthplace of Kobe beef, known locally as Tajima beef. Also well-known are its many onsens, beaches, and small ski resorts. Its main industries are forestry, fishing, farming, and tourism.2

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.

1 The Industries of Japan: Together with an Account of its Agriculture, Forestry, Arts and Commerce, J. J. Rein, A. C. Armstrong and Son, 1889, p. 173.
2 Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajima_Province

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1491
 Title or Description  Making Willow Baskets in Tajima Province
  但馬国柳行李製図 [Note: the leftmost part of the scroll which provides the activity and province name uses the following two obsolete kanji characters. When transcribing the title the obsolete characters are often exchanged for the kanji 行李, making the title read "柳行李 [yanagigōri (wicker trunk)]. 
 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 (partially trimmed on this print)
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  1877 (Meiji 10) 
 Publisher
 Ōkura Magobei 大倉孫兵衛 (Kin'eido; 1843-1921) [Marks: pub. ref. 627]

 Impression  good
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - centerfold reinforced by tape on verso; paper loss upper left corner into image
 Genre  nishiki-e; kaika-e
 Miscellaneous   
 Format  chuban
 H x W Paper 
 6 13/16 x 9 5/16 in. (17.3 x 23.7 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 3/8 x 9 in.  (16.2 x 22.9 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
 Waseda University Library Archives 01_04265_0001
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