Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (Japanese, 1797-1858, b. in Edo)
Kingfisher and Roses (Bara ni kawasemi)
Place Made: Japan; Place Made: Edo (location)
Image: 33.3 x 10.8 cm (13 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Poem: 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.
Signature: Signed at left | Hiroshige hitsu
Seals: Censors' seals | Watanabe Shôemon | Kinugasa Fusajirô
Credit / Object Number
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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