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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: Hiroshige hitsu
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Snow in Ukiyo-e Prints and Paintings," October 20, 2004–November 26, 2005.