Kingfisher and water plants (Mizuaoi ni kawasemi)
Place Made: Japan; Place Made: Tokyo
Image: 22.2 x 16.4 cm (8 3/4 x 6 7/16 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Inscription above and at right [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.
Signature: Shigenobu hitsu
Seals: Publisher's seal | Yamajin han; censor's seals | Murata Heiemon (top round seal) | Kinugasa Fusajiro
Credit / Object Number
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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