- Utagawa Hiroshige, 1797-1858, Japanese
Kingfisher and Hibiscus (Busobe ni kawasemi)
Color woodblock fan print
Plate: 22.5 x 16.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/2 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
[text and poems] Kawasemi ya (translates to) The kingfisher- hane o yosoute (translates to) preening his feathers mizu kagami (translates to) 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.
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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