Six Jewel Rivers from Various Provinces

Utagawa Hiroshige Japanese

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Each of the prints in this set includes a poem associated with one of the six rivers in various parts of Japan that are named Tamagawa, or Jewel River. The theme of six beautiful rivers enjoyed great popularity in the nineteenth century, especially among ukiyo-e printmakers; earlier in his career, Hiroshige created a series on the theme in various formats. Remarkably, the groupings and postures of the figures in each of the prints nearly exactly echoes those found in a set of handscrolls by Sakai Ōho (1808– 1841), also in the Burke Collection.

Six Jewel Rivers from Various Provinces, Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo)), Six woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Japan

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