Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Overall: 8 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (22.2 x 34.9 cm)
The Francis Lathrop Collection, Purchase, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Not on view
This print represents people crossing the Great Sanjo Bridge over the Kamo River in Kyoto, the imperial capital and the terminal of the Tokaido. Hiroshige includes Kyoto women, both Oharame, women from the nearby town of Ohara, who carry goods on their heads to sell, and also upper-class ladies veiling their heads with an outer garment called a katsugi. In the background are houses, temples, and villas at the side and foot of Higashiyama and the silhouette of Mount Hiei, an important Buddhist center. This scene is a close-up view of the Great Sanjo Bridge, while the print from the Hoeido series shows the entire bridge in the distance.
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Francis Lathrop , Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey (until d. 1909). ; Estate of Francis Lathrop , New York (until 1911; sold to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.