Plate: 22.1 x 16.4 cm (8 11/16 x 6 7/16 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Inscription at left [text and poems]Kawasemi no (translates to) Preening his feathers hane o yosoute (translates to) in a watery mirror- mizu kagami (translates to) kingfisher in flight (trans. Marks in Bogel)As the Japanese does not mention "flight" a more literal way to translate the poem is: 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 himself before meeting a woman symbolized by the iris. Hiroshige employs the same poem on other prints in the collection with similar imagery. The poem is sealed on this image with the artist's name suggesting that he wrote the poem. The same poem appears on other kingfisher prints in the collection as well as on a print by Toyohiro, teacher of Hiroshige.
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.