Common Kingfisher and Doublefile Viburnum (Yabudemari ni kawasemi), 1840's
- Utagawa Hiroshige, 1797-1858, Japanese
- Kawaguchiya Shōzō, Japanese, publisher
Common Kingfisher and Doublefile Viburnum (Yabudemari ni kawasemi)
Polychrome wood block print
Image: 34.3 x 11.4 cm (13 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Inscription verso, top left: 3994/Hiroshige/20[m] [Hy ez];in a later hand verso, bottom left: 215/9; in another hand verso, bottom right: 208Poem: Kawasemi ya/hane o yosoute/mizu kagamiThe kingfisher-/preening his feathers/in a mirror of waterKawasemi is a season word (kigo) for summer. The poem also alludes to a man preening himselfbefore meeting a woman symbolized by the iris. Hiroshige employs the same poem on other prints in the collection with similar imagery.
Japan; Edo (location)
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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