100 Views of Edo # 51 by Ando Hiroshige
Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Print Title: Sann˘ Festival Procession at K˘jimachi 1-ch˘me (K˘jimachi-itch˘me Sann˘ Matsuri nerikomi), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: July 1856
Size: Oban: 8 5/8" x 12 5/8" (21.9 x 32.2 cm)
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Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Trimmed to the margins, soiling, mild fading.
More about this Print: Hiroshige here depicts the Sannō Shrine Festival at the symbolic moment when the festival procession enters Edo Castle from the Kojimachi quarter at the very center of the city. The entire procession, which occurred between the tenth and sixteenth days of the sixth month, consisted of more than fifty large and lavishly decorated floats, of which Hiroshige provides only a hint. The two floats here come from two of the city's oldest commoner districts. The float in the distance represents a monkey, while the one in the foreground is an ornamental rooster perched on a large legendary Chinese "drum of admonition" that sage-kings used to summon and chastise their subjects.
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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