- Utagawa Hiroshige, 1797-1858, Japanese
- Kawaguchiya Shōzō, Japanese, publisher
Kingfisher and Confederate Rose (Fuyô ni kawasemi)
Polychrome wood block print
Image: 34.5 x 11.3 cm (13 9/16 x 4 7/16 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Poem: Kawasemi ya/hane o yosoute/mizu kagami The 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.inscribed number verso, bottom right: 393
Japan; Edo (location)
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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