Sedge Hat Making in Kaga Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sedge Hat Making in Kaga Province

from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue

(Products of Greater Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1877

Mandarin Orange Plantation in Kii Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

IHL Cat. #462


IHL Cat. #1502

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 a traditional rain hat [sedge hats (sugegasa 菅笠)] maker in Kanazawa in Kaga Province (加賀国, Kaga no kuni) which is now part of Ichikawa Prefecture.


Sedge hat for Ise pilgrimage (Okage mairi)
Edo period
Osaka Museum of History

Transcription of Scroll

Source: with thanks to Yajifun http://yajifun.tumblr.com/; notes from National Institutes for the Humanities

Sedge Hat Making in Kaga Province 加賀國菅笠ヲ造ル圖

Notes:

中判 横 錦絵   画工:歌川広重3 広重筆  版元:大倉孫兵衛   主題内容:産業・技

術 物産絵  加賀 金沢  人名その他:菅笠 竹籠 菅笠屋  

Scroll:

“菅笠ハ石川郡金沢にて薹(カサスゲ)を以て造り諸國へ出すこと夥 頭に被りて日光を遮り雨雪を防き民用をなすこと西洋仐の右に出る 薹ハ水田に植る草にて茅(チガヤ)に似て色青く長さ四五尺ばかりなり 之を刈干て白くさらし竹骨に縫付て其形ち皿のことく或ハ鉢の如く造る也 多く女の職業とす”

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
 #462 and #1502
 Title or Description Sedge Hat Making in Kaga Province 加賀國菅笠ヲ造ル圖
 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
 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. #462: fair
 IHL Cat. #1502: good
 Colors IHL Cat. #462: excellent
 IHL Cat. #1502: excellent
 Condition IHL Cat. #462: fair - soiling, fold and wrinkling upper right, vertical center fold
 IHL Cat. #1502: good - vertical centerfold reinforced with tape verso
 Genre nishiki-e; kaika-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper
 IHL Cat. #462: 6 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. (17.5 x 23.8 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1502: 6 13/16 x 9 11/16 in. (17.3 x 24.6 cm)
 H x W Image
 IHL Cat. #462: 6 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (16.2 x 22.5 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1502: 6 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (16.2 x 22.5 cm) 
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 Waseda University Library Archive 01_04265_0002; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History
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