Oki Province: Takuhiyama, Takibi no Yashiro from the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan)


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Oki Province: Takuhiyama, Takibi no Yashiro

from the series Nihon chishi ryakuzu

(Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1876

Bear Hunting for Gall in Kaga Province from the series Products of Japan

IHL Cat. #1082

About This Print

Print number 48 四十八 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.

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 Sea of Japan off the coast of Nishioshima Island, one of four islands making up the Oki Islands in current day, Shimane Province.)  Takuhiyama, a 452 meter high mountain, on the island of Nishinoshima, is the highest point in the Islands and the Torch Shrine (Takibi no Yashiro), was a well-knownsacred place among fishermen and sailors, who, when passing by the islandwould devote their prayers to the shrine's kami (deities.) The man on the boat in thepicture is shaking a gohei, a kind of ritual wand and offerings of cloth were presented to the kami by attaching them to a staff.

 Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797–1858)
Oki Province Takuhi Shrine Oki (Takuhi no yashiro)
from the series
Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces of Japan
(Dai Nihon Rokujuyoshu meisho zue)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
tagawa Hiroshige II (1826–1869)
 Iki Takibiyashiro 隠岐焚火社 Shokoku meisho hyakkei 諸国名所百景
Br Museum

Source: Wikipedia website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oki_Province
Oki Province (隠岐国 Oki no kuni) was a province of Japan consisted of the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan, located off the coast of the provinces of Izumo and Hōki. The area is now Oki District in modern Shimane Prefecture. Its abbreviated form name was Onshū or Inshū (隠州). 

Oki is classified as one of the provinces of the San'indō.[1] Under the Engishiki classification system, Oki was ranked as a "inferior country" (下国) and a "far country" (遠国).

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Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Oki Province: Takuhiyama Takibi no Yashiro 隠岐国: 焚火山 焚火ノ社
 Nihon chishi ryakuzu 日本地誌略図 (Simple Illustrations of Places in Japan or Topographical Sketches of Japan)
 Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Signature Hiroshige ga
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date 1876 (Meiji 9) 
 PublisherFujiokaya Keijirō 藤岡屋慶次郎 (family name: Mizuno Keijirō 水野慶次郎) [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 062]

seal of the publisher Fujiokaya Keijir 藤岡屋慶次郎 reading:
Publisher: 出板人 (shuppanjin) 水野慶次郎 (Mizuno Keijirō)
Publisher's address: 通油町六番地
Artist: 画工 (gakō) 安藤徳兵エ (Andō Tokube )
Address: 大鋸町四番地
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - overall wrinkling - mainly visible along bottom margin
 Genre ukiyo-e, fūkei-ga 
print number 48 in lower right margin
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 
 6 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (17.5 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (16.2 x 22.5 cm)

 Collections This Print
 British Museum 1973,0723,0.34