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Kisojo no San Sen
木曽路之山川
The Kiso Mountains in Snow

Artist:
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
dated 8th month of the Snake year, 1857
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Each H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
JP66
Not on view
This landscape was executed by Hiroshige just one year before his death as part of a set of three triptychs on the theme known as setsugetsuka (a compound term made up of the words for snow, moon, and flowers). Snow is the theme here; the moon and flowers are depicted in the other two triptychs.

The immense snow-covered mountains at the center, flanked by bridges on both sides, are almost spiritual in their monumentality. The dramatic composition invites the viewer to step into a mysterious world beyond the massive white peaks.
Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

広重筆

Marking: Censor seal: Aratame (on all three sheets)
Year-Month seal: snake eight (on all three sheets)
Publisher seal: a leaf of ivy (on all three sheets)
Artist seal: Bokurin Shosha (on right sheet only)
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