100 Views of Edo # 109 by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Woodblock Prints Title: 100 Views of Edo # 109 Minami-Shinagawa and Samezu Coast
1st Publication: February 1857
Size: 13-1/4 x 9 + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: February 1857
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Backed on a solid layer of carton paper. Multiple losses throughtout the print, as seen on pictures. Good colors, but very Poor Overall Condition
Notes: Great Print. It is unfortunate that this artwork has been poorly treated over the years. I believe this print could be restored by being backed to a new sheet of Edo era type of paper, instead of this carton type of paper. Another restoration options could be to paint the carton below to some matching colors of the print, to "blend" it properly.
More about this print: Samezu, the coastal area of Edo Bay south of the Shinagawa settlement, cultivated nori, a type of seaweed in which sushi is wrapped. In the autumn, long rows of tree branches stuck into the shallow waters provided a growing medium for the nori.
From winter into the following spring, the seaweed would then be harvested at low tide, usually by women in small boats as we see here. The nori cultivated in Edo Bay was prized as the best in Japan, and though this particular stretch of coast has been filled in, the cultivation of the plant is still carried on in the traditional way elsewhere in the bay.
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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