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Handscroll, painting. Thirty-one views of summit of Mt Fuji, seen from west in all seasons: Two views from beginning and middle of every month, recording receding snow-line; seven extra views of unusual meteorological phenomena. Ink and colour on paper. Signed.
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Height: 13.30 centimetres
Width: 1341.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2001
The identity of Minamoto (no) Sadayoshi, author of the preface and painter of the handscroll, is otherwise unknown, but he explains that the depictions are based on observations made of Mt Fuji from the early spring of Bunsei 1 (1818) onwards, after an unusually heavy snowfall. The scroll shows a total of thirty-one views of the mountain, all from the same vantage point with the bulge of Mt Hoei in silhouette on the right slope, and thus seen from the west. Two views are drawn at the beginning and middle of every month, recording the receding snow-line, and then seven extra views are given of unusual meteorological phenomena. In the section illustrated the inscription reads: 'Cloud shaped like a flat travelling-hat [kasa]: when this moves south it is fair; when it moves north it rains'. It is followed by pictures of double- and treble-'travelling hat' cloud formations.
Anderson, William. 'Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of a Collection of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum'. London, Trustees of the British Museum, no. 2363.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
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- Acquisition notes
- The collection of over 2,000 Japanese and Chinese paintings assembled by Prof. William Anderson during his residency in Japan, 1873-1880, was acquired by the Museum in 1881. The items were not listed in the register, but rather were published separately as the 'Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of a Collection of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum' (Longmans & Co, 1886).
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.2764 (Japanese Painting Number)