Banba - Kiso Kaido (Banba,Kiso Highway)

Katsuyuki Nishijima

1481

This is the seventh subject he produced 69 scenes Kiso Highway series. Peaceful rainy scene. This print is very different mood from his other prints. Hand signed in pencil, hand numbered 157/500 by artist. Titled on the bottom margin and subtitle on the lower right of image. With artist official red "shima" seal. Large size: 20 and 3/4 inches by 14 and 7/8 inches. Pristine condition, minor paper crease at the edge of paper which is very common and will be easily mat out. This print is hard to find print.

(Banba) was the sixty-second of the 69 stations of Nakasendo. It is located in the present-day city of Maibara, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Banba-juku was originally a post town along the Tosando during the Asuka period. However, in 1611, during the Edo period, when a port in Maibara was established, it became part of the Nakasendo, connecting travelers on their way to Otsu-juku. Positioned between mountains, it was in an ideal location for travelers.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 20 and 3/4 inches wide and 14 and 7/8 inches tall (52.7 x 37.5 cm)
Image size: 18 and 3/8 inches wide and 12 and 1/2 inches tall (46.5 x 31.5 cm)
Sheet number: 157/500
Date: Printed 1979
Signed: Hand- Signed "K. Nishijima"on the bottom margin
Condition: Pristine condition, minor paper crease at the edge of paper which is very common and will be easily matted out.