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Komakata Hall and Azuma Bridge, by Utagawa Hiroshige

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An image of Komakata Hall and Azuma Bridge (Komakatadô Azumabashi). Hiroshige, Utagawa (Japanese, 1797-1858).  No. 62 in the series 'One hundred famous views of Edo' (Meisho Edo hyakkei) in the section for Summer. Colour print from woodblocks, with mica (kira). Ôban. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Publisher: Uoei (Uoya Eikichi). Date seal: Snake 1 (1/1857). Censor’s seal: aratame. 1857. A view over the Sumida looking west, with part of Azuma Bridge visible on the left. In the foreground is the roof of Komakata Hall, a square temple housing an image of Kannon crowned with a horse's head. The red flag signals the Hyakusuke cosmetics shop. In the sky is a type of cuckoo (hototogisu), which was long associated in literature and art with the coming of summer in the fifth month, when it passed through the city on migration to the mountains.  Japanese, Ukiyo-e.

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Komakata Hall and Azuma Bridge (Komakatadô Azumabashi). Hiroshige, Utagawa (Japanese, 1797-1858). No. 62 in the series 'One hundred famous views of Edo' (Meisho Edo hyakkei) in the section for Summer. Colour print from woodblocks, with mica (kira). Ôban. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Publisher: Uoei (Uoya Eikichi). Date seal: Snake 1 (1/1857). Censor’s seal: aratame. 1857. A view over the Sumida looking west, with part of Azuma Bridge visible on the left. In the foreground is the roof of Komakata Hall, a square temple housing an image of Kannon crowned with a horse's head. The red flag signals the Hyakusuke cosmetics shop. In the sky is a type of cuckoo (hototogisu), which was long associated in literature and art with the coming of summer in the fifth month, when it passed through the city on migration to the mountains. Japanese, Ukiyo-e.

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  • Accession Number: P.3568-R
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/16.0
  • Focal length: 80
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 705 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 768.45kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 16/1
  • Captured: 2013:08:16 11:58:00

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19th Century birds boats coast coastal colour printing cuckoo Edo Period exterior Fitz_PDP flags Hiroshige homes houses Japan Japanese oban print rain raining rainy river river scene roof tops roofs Sumida River ukiyo-e Uoya Eikichi Utagawa Hiroshige weather woodblock woodcut

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