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    Horikiri Iris Garden (Horikiri no Hanashobu), No. 64 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

    The village of Horikiri was known for producing flowers for the Edo market. While the gardeners of Horikiri grew a year-round variety of flowers, the fame of the place derived from the flower represented here, a type of iris known as hanashobu that was ideally suited to the area's swampy land. In the immediate foreground are three carefully detailed specimens. In the distance, sightseers from Edo may be seen admiring the blossoms. Hiroshige noted that so many lovely women from Edo came to view the blossoms that it was difficult to distinguish which were the real flowers.

    • Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando), Japanese, 1797-1858
    • Medium: Woodblock print
    • Place Made: Japan
    • Dates: 5th month of 1857
    • Period: Edo Period, Ansei Era
    • Dimensions: Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 5/16 in. (36.1 x 23.6 cm) Image: 13 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (33.7 x 22.3 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: No publisher's seal visible, probably lost when left margin was trimmed.
    • Signature: Hiroshige-ga
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 30.1478.64
    • Credit Line: Gift of Anna Ferris
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Horikiri Iris Garden (Horikiri no Hanashobu), No. 64 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 5th month of 1857. Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 5/16 in. (36.1 x 23.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.64
    • Image: overall, 30.1478.64_large_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: In the village of Horikiri in suburban Edo, gardeners grew a year-round variety of flowers and were particularly famous for the iris shown here, "hanashobu," well suited to this swampy land. In this print Hiroshige has shown three, almost-life-size, detailed specimens of the nineteenth-century hanashobu hybrids and in the distance, sightseers from Edo are admiring the blossoms. In the 1870's the cultivation of hanashobu had begun to spread rapidly in Europe and America and the developed into a booming export market for the gardeners of Horikiri. The Horikiri plantations began to wane in the 1920's and eventually turned over to wartime food production. After the war, one of them was revived and is now a public park, particularly popular in May when the flowers are in bloom.
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    09:56 02/15/2011
    Come, let us to the fields, to the Horikiri Iris Garden…and let us there walk in quiet, in contemplation, and allowing ourselves perhaps an occasional remark on the beauty of it all, of the stillness of the sky and the water and the garden of iris…and of each flower…Come, we shall wander slowly and look at these things, and perhaps the beauty will fill our minds and being, and perhaps we shall look at each other then, and we shall see in each other the beauty that pervades all, and the passing away of all that is…this perhaps we shall see at Horikiri Iris Garden, perhaps if we shall walk there in gentleness in those fields…



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