Fox- Fires at Oji (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo)

Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858)

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This beautiful print is published by Mokuhan print association which famous publishers join. It took six years to complete this series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo".  Size is the same as the original. The carver used traditional cherrywood (mostly plywood nowadays). The printer used traditional Echizen pure Japanese washi paper.  They used traditional carving tools, printing tools, and ink which is also used on the original. The carving and the printing is faithful to the original. Just stunning and beautiful. Please see the details. 

This not only ranks with the best prints in this set but is believed one of the most outstanding works in Japanese woodblock landscape art.

The combined workmanship of the painter, the carver and the printer is splendid indeed. Above all the printing deserves admiration. Twinkling stars in a cold winter night and mica-sprinkled twigs of the hackberry tree in the starlight are wonderful. A faint tone of green on the treetops in the dark woods suggests that spring is not far behind. The mysterious scene of burning "Fox Fires" (Jack-o'-lantern) on a cold December night is a subtle and poetic expression of a tale handed down in this part of Edo.

The folklore says: "Inari (the god of harvests) Shrine of Oji is the general manager of all Inari Shrine in the eight Kanto provinces and he bestowed ranks and honors to his fellow foxes. (The fox is the deity of Inari Shrine) On New Year's Eve, the fox gods gathered under the nettle tree near the shrine of Oji. There they dressed themselves up and went to worship at the head shrine. Farmers in the neighboring districts forecast their next year's crops at the lengths on the fires carried by the foxes.

Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition. Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido",  "The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaido" and "One Hundred Famous View of Edo". 


Technique: Woodblock 
Paper size (print size) : 10 and 1/4 x 15 and 1/2 inches (26 x 39.5 cm)
Condition: New condition. This print came directly from the publisher. Tipped on the presentation folder. Please see the picture. Minor ink smudge on the bottom margin as shown.

 

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