100 Views of Edo # 5 by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Prints Title: 100 Views of Edo # 5 Ry˘goku Ek˘in and Moto-Yanagibashi Bridge
1st Publication: May 1857
Size: 13-1/4 x 8-1/2 + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: May 1857
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Some overall soiling. Right side of the print has some wear and tear. A couple of repaired area, and multiple cracks over the prints. Margins slightly trimmed affecting the seals, still partially visible though. Colors are great. Fair to Poor overall condition.
More about this print: Hiroshige has used an oblique vantage point to Mount Fuji to create a sense of excitement in an otherwise placid scene. The giant drum-tower at the left is the focus of the biannual sumo tournament on the grounds of the Buddhist temple of Ekōin.
The two white cloths suspended from the tower indicate that the weather this spring day is suitable for a sumo match. Devoted fans will have already assembled in the temple precincts below. All of these fans were men; women attended only occasional practice sessions.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
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