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Tokaido Ejiri Tago-no-ura ryakuzu 東海道江尻田子の浦略図 (Simplified View, Tago Beach, [near] Ejiri on the Tokaido Highway) / Fugaku sanjurokkei 冨嶽三十六景 (Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1906,1220,0.537

  • Title (object)

    • Tokaido Ejiri Tago-no-ura ryakuzu 東海道江尻田子の浦略図 (Simplified View, Tago Beach, [near] Ejiri on the Tokaido Highway)

    Title (series)

    • Fugaku sanjurokkei 冨嶽三十六景 (Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock oban print. Two fishing boats in Suruga Bay; oarsmen straining at full arm's length; net been cast from prow; on shore, tiny figures raking flats and carrying baskets of salt to kilns dotted along beach; Mt Fuji in background. 1 of 2 impressions. Trimmed on all sides. Inscribed and signed.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1830-1833
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25.2 centimetres
    • Width: 36 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left, in cartouche
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        冨嶽三十六景 / 東海道江尻 / 田子の裏略ズ
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Fugaku sanju-rokkei / Tokaido Ejiri / Tago-no-ura ryakuzu
      • Inscription Translation

        Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, Simplified View, Tago Beach, [near] Ejiri on the Tokaido Highway
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        前北斎為一筆
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu
      • Inscription Translation

        From the brush of Iitsu, the former Hokusai
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 2001

    The two fishing boats in Suruga Bay inevitably invite comparison with those about to be pounded by 'The Great Wave' (cat. 52). Although the sea is choppy and the oarsmen have to strain at full arm's length, nevertheless a net has been cast from the prow. On the distant shore, tiny figures rake the flats and carry baskets of salt to kilns dotted along the beach.

    In the commentary to cat. 42, Hokusai's illustration of the famous poem by Yamabe no Akahito about viewing Mt Fuji from Tago Beach, the difficulty in determining an actual location for Tago has already been commented on. Ejiri on the Tokaido Highway, mentioned in the title of the present print, was definitely on the west shore of Suruga Bay, near modern Shimizu City. The view here, however, seems to be from the middle of the bay looking towards the north shore, with Mt Fuji directly behind. In any event, as Kobayashi points out, there is undoubtedly a pictorial reference here to another famous poem about Tago-no-ura, one by Onakatomi no Yoshinobu (921-91) that delights in confusing mist with smoke rising from the salt kilns (UT 1975, no. 28).

    The print is somewhat trimmed on all sides. Another impression in the British Museum collection is a later printing with black outlines (1937.7-10.0151).

    References:
    'Ukiyo-e taikei, vol. 13: Fugaku sanju-rokkei', Tokyo, Shueisha, 1975 (text by Kobayashi Tadashi), no. 28.
    'Meihin soroimono ukiyo-e, vol. 8: Hokusai I', Tokyo, Gyosei, 1991 (text by Nagata Seiji), no. 36.
    Julia White, 'et al.', 'Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts', Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1998 (commentaries by Yoko Woodson), no. 33.

    Literature:
    Binyon, Laurence. 'A Catalogue of Japanese and Chinese Woodcuts in the British Museum'. London, British Museum, 1916, [Hokusai] no. 130.

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1916 130 bibliographic details
    • Clark 2001 60 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2001, 11 May-29 Jul, BM Japanese Galleries, '100 Views of Mount Fuji'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1906

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1906,1220,0.537

  • Additional IDs

    • B130
Colour woodblock oban print. Two fishing boats in Suruga Bay; oarsmen straining at full arm's length; net been cast from prow; on shore, tiny figures raking flats and carrying baskets of salt to kilns dotted along beach; Mt Fuji in background. 1 of 2 impressions. Nishiki-e on paper. Trimmed on all sides. Inscribed and signed.

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Colour woodblock oban print. Two fishing boats in Suruga Bay; oarsmen straining at full arm's length; net been cast from prow; on shore, tiny figures raking flats and carrying baskets of salt to kilns dotted along beach; Mt Fuji in background. 1 of 2 impressions. Nishiki-e on paper. Trimmed on all sides. Inscribed and signed.

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