Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (Japanese, 1797-1858, b. in Edo)
Crane and autumn grasses (Hagi to susuki ni tsuru)
Place Made: Japan; Place Made: Tokyo
Image: 34.1 x 11.4 cm (13 7/16 x 4 1/2 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Inscription verso, bottom right: [Japanese Characters]
[text and poems]
When one dreams on the pillow of a thousand-year-old crane, it's New Year!
The Kobayashi caption for this poem (K318) reads "voice" for the Chinese character which on may interpret as "dream." The felicitous imagery is associated with the New Year. The poem seems to say that the poem can see the crane and landscape in his wine cup as if in a dream. Waking up on New Year's day to the sound of a thousand-year-old crane the scene is reflected in the wine cup.
Signature: Signed above | Hiroshige hitsu
Seals: Artist's seal | Ichiryusai
Credit / Object Number
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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