名所江戸百景 浅草金龍山 Kinryūsan Temple at Asakusa, from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo"
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 14 1/16 in. (35.7 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Not on view
Kinryūsan Sensōji, the famous temple at Asakusa dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit), was the most popular venerable Buddhist temple in Edo.
In this print, snow white is complemented by the reds of the temple's buildings, the gate, the large lantern, and even the label signed "painted by Hiroshige" in the lower right corner. The auspicious color scheme of red and white here creates a celebratory mood.