Ise Shrine

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Ise Shrine (Inner Shrine in Snow)

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, c. 1970s

IHL Cat. #831

About This Print

A view of the inner shrine at Ise covered in snow.  This print is one of two prints in this collection (see Gardens of the Inner Ise Shrine IHL Cat. #830) depicting views of Ise Jingū.  These two prints bear cover sheets explaining the scenes depicted, as shown below.  The title shown on the cover sheet in the right-most column reads 版画 (woodblock print) 内宮 (Naiku or inner shrine) の雪 (in snow), while the print itself is simply titled 伊勢神宮 (Ise jingū) in the lower right of the image. 

cover sheet with explanation
detail of explanation
the transcription of the first three columns on the right reads:
版画 内宮の雪 (woodblock print - Naik
ū in snow)
何ごとのおわいますかは知らねどもかたじけなさにぽるる  酉行法師
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It is reported that this print along with 3 others depicting the Shrine and surrounding area were offered for sale at the Shrine, each with an explanatory cover sheet attached.  Another impression of this image shown below, has untrimmed margins and no cover sheet.

Ise Shrine

The Ise Jingū consists of two shrines: the Outer Shrine (Geku), which is dedicated to Toyouke, the Shinto deity of clothing, food and housing, and the Inner Shrine (Naiku), which enshrines the most venerated deity Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. They are Shinto's most sacred shrines.

Naiku and Geku are located several kilometers apart from each other at the foot of densely wooded hills. Unlike most other Shinto shrines, the Ise Shrines are built in a purely Japanese architecture style which shows no influence from the Asian mainland. Naiku is believed to have been established in the 3rd century and Geku in the 5th century.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #831
 Title Ise Shrine (伊勢神宮 Ise jingū), as shown lower right of image; Inner Shrine in Snow (内宮の雪) as written on cover sheet
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Tomi kin saku  冨謹作
 Seal not sealed
 Date c. 1970s (undated)
 Edition unknown
 Publisher  unknown (no publisher's marking) - has been variously attributed to Matsukyu (Tokuriki's own publishing operation); Kyoto Hanga-in and Uchida Publishers.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - discoloration lower left margin
 Genre sosaku hanga (new print)
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 9 5/8 x 14 3/4 in. (24.4 x 37.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 9 x 14 1/4 in. (22.9 x 36.2 cm)
 Collections This Print
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