- Museum number
Object: No 11 Hakone, kosui zu 箱根湖水圖 (Hakone: Picture of the Lake)
Series: Tokaido gojusan-tsugi no uchi 東海道五拾三次之内 (Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Highway)
Colour woodblock print, oban yoko-e. Feudal lord's procession descending precipitous slope in mountains in Hakone; white silhouette of Mt Fuji on horizon across lake; buildings of Hakone Shrine on far side of lake among trees. Censorship seal trimmed. Inscribed, signed and sealed.
- Production date
Height: 23.10 centimetres
Width: 35.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2001
There were apparently three routes between Odawara and Mishima and this was the centre one that passed through Hakone itself, via a steep climb and then a mountain pass (MSU, vol. 11,1991, no. 11). Here a feudal lord's procession is descending the precipitous slope in the direction of Edo, only their travelling hats and luggage boxes visible. Mt Fuji is a white silhouette on the horizon seen across the large lake of Ashinoko. On the far side of the lake among the trees are the buildings of the Hakone Shrine. Whether it is an actual mountain or not - one theory suggests this may be the pass between Komagatake and Futagoyama (UT, vol. 14, 1975, no. 11) - Hiroshige induces extraordinarily vertiginous sensations by means of the peak that rears up in the centre of the composition, with its kaleidoscope of coloured rocks. The prints of this series were 'true views' ('shinkei') in the sense that they could be true to the experiences of travel.
The printing of the grey and gradated black in the foreground is very heavy in this impression. In earlier impressions where this grey is a much lighter shade (White 1998, no. 115; Forrer 1997, no. 18), the pine trees along the road and additional coloured rocks in the bottom right corner are much more apparent, giving the design a somewhat less forbidding aspect. In these earlier impressions there is gradation, either from the top or the bottom, on the brown (sometimes red-brown) hillside in the centre of the pass.
'Ukiyo-e taikei, vol. 14: Tokaido gojusan-tsugi no uchi'. Tokyo, Shueisha, 1975, no. 11.
'Meihin soroimono ukiyo-e'. vol. 11, Tokyo, Gyosei, 1991, no. 11.
White, Julia, et al. 'Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts'. San Francisco, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1998, no. 115.
Binyon, Laurence. 'A Catalogue of Japanese and Chinese Woodcuts in the British Museum'. London, British Museum, 1916, [Hiroshige] no. 30.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'
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