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東海道五十三次之内 御油 旅人留女
Goyu, Tabibito Ryujo

Artist:
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1833–34
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
9 15/32 x 14 in. (24.1 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
JP506
Not on view
Two women are trying to drag two reluctant travelers into their inns: these four figures create a vortex of humor and energy. Another traveler is preparing to wash his feet in a water basin at the entrance to an inn where he will spend the night.

Information about the print series can be seen in the yellow cartouches inside the inn, which read "The Tokaido Picture—Continued," "Engraver Jirobei," "Printer, Heibei," and "Painting(s) by Ichiryūsai." (Ichiryūsai is one of Hiroshige's pseudonyms.) The large circle half-concealed by a post bears the name of Takenouchi, the publisher of the Tokaido series.
Signature: Hiroshige ga

Marking: Seal: Takeuchi
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.

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