This is the most sought-after print from Ando Utagawa Hiroshige's 36 Views of Mount Fuji and is his nod to Hokusai's "Wave". Entitled: The Sea off Satta in Suraga Province, suruga satta kaijo from fuji sanjurokkei, it illustrates the difficulties faced by travellers when arriving at Satta. They had to take to the sea to negotiate the point -- only later was a road cut through the cliff. This image demonstrates the pinnacle of the print makers art, with the "bokashi" red band to the mica flecked paper "kira-zuri".
The colors are strong and vibrant; the mica flecks may be viewed at a raking angle. We have attempted to photograph the latter, but probably have only succeeded in showing the texture of the paper. Slightly off-register. The first edition of the 36 Views of Mount Fuji was completed in April 1858. The date of this impression is unknown.
In small format -- from the size, we are taking this to be an image from a harimaze (a number of small images printed on a single sheet and designed to be cut out and displayed separately, often on screens) sheet -- approximately 5 1/2" x 3 1/2", or a surimono (specially commissioned, usually in small format) print, this is a chance to obtain this classic print at a very reasonable price.
Condition: a rounded "bend" horizontally across the top -- this should be easily straightened, but as always, we leave this to the purchaser to do in the way they prefer. Otherwise no damage, restoration or repair that we can spot.
Please note that we are not Japanese print experts and while we have described this to the best of our ability there may be points of importance that we have overlooked. Please email with any questions and if you wish to discuss the piece in person, we are happy to call you.
Texas buyers please note that sales tax will be collected either by Ruby Lane or by us.