Original woodblock print - Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - 'Fukuroi' 袋井 - From the series "Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi" 東海道五十三次 (Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road) (aka "Kyōka Tōkaidō" 狂歌入東海道) - Japan - 1840-42 (Tenpô 11-13)
The mattresses / are thin and hard / like a rice cracker. / Complaining face of the guests of the inns / of the Fukuroi station (せんべいの / やうな蒲団を / きせられて / 客のふくれる / 袋井のやど). The words of the kyoka (狂歌) poem by Horindo Hinazumi (豊林堂鄙住), written in the upper part of the work, accompany this enchanting depiction of the Fukuroi station (袋井宿) made between 1840 and 1842 by the artist Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重).
This precious woodblock print is the twenty-eighth panel of the "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road" (東海道五拾三次), a series also known as the "Kyoka Tokaido" (狂歌入東海道) due to the presence, precisely, of poetic compositions combined with the stations of the famous route that connected Edo (江戸) or today's Tokyo (東京), the shogun's capital, with the imperial capital Kyoto (京都).
Fukuroi-juku was the twenty-seventh of the fifty-three stations of the Tokaido, making it the center of the route. It is located in what is now the center of the city of Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture. Fukuroi-juku was developed later than most of the other post stations, as it was not established until 1616. Because it was in the vicinity of the former Totomi Province's three major temples, it also flourished as the gateway to the three temples. The three temples were: Hattasan Sonei-ji (法多山尊永寺), Kasuisai (可睡斎) and Yusan-ji (油山寺).
The print on Japanese washi paper (和紙), produced by the publisher Sanoya Kihei (佐野屋喜兵衛), owner of Kikakudo (喜鶴堂), despite the right signs of aging (in particular slight stains and some tiny holes) and partially trimmed margins, is in overall good condition.
See Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: https://collections.mfa.org/objects/236754
The woodblock print will be well-packaged and shipped by registered mail with a tracking code.
- Gravure originale sur bois
- Impression sur bois Nishiki-e (polychrome)
- Papier Washi
- 1840-42 (Tenpô 11-13)
- Région/Pays d’origine
- Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
- Route de Tokaido
- Titre de l’œuvre d’art
- 'Fukuroi' 袋井 - From the series "Kyōka Tōkaidō" 狂歌入東海道
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- 16×22×0 cm