Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (Japanese, 1797-1858, b. in Edo)
Blossoming Plum Branches (Ume)
Place Made: Japan; Place Made: Edo (location)
Plate: 37 x 12.9 cm (14 9/16 x 5 1/16 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Inscription verso, bottom left: MIC-3-5 [Japanese Characters]; in a later hand inscribed verso, bottom right: MOC [Japanese Characters]
Nodokasa ni/yawaraka* ni naru/chikara kobu
Gently nurtured/in complete tranquility/bundles of muscle
Signature: Signed at lower right | Hiroshige hitsu
Seals: Censor's seal | Mera Taichirô
StateSee Bogel entries for this example and 34.171 for the differences between the two states. This is the earlier state with finer printing and coloration and lacking the moon and darker blue ground.
Credit / Object Number
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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