Sakasai Ferry, No. 67 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
The birds that dominate this scene in the swampy delta area around the village of Sakasai east of Edo have been accorded special attention, with their wing patterns executed in delicate karazuri embossing. Judging from the bushy crests and yellow bills, the birds are Chinese egrets—a species only rarely seen in the summer in Japan. Far more common was the little egret, with no crest and a black bill. The artist naturally preferred the more decorative species, whether it was to be found in the place or not.
2nd month of 1857
Edo Period, Ansei Era
Image: 13 1/2 x 9 in. (34.3 x 22.9 cm)
Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 5/16 in. (36.2 x 23.7 cm) (show scale)
No publisher's seal visible, probably lost when left margin was trimmed. Date and censor seals at top margin.
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Gift of Anna Ferris
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Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Sakasai Ferry, No. 67 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 2nd month of 1857. Woodblock print, Image: 13 1/2 x 9 in. (34.3 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.67
overall, 30.1478.67_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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The center of attraction here are the Chinese egrets, with their bushy crests and yellow bills, that are shown inhabiting the Nakagawa River. In the distance is a lone cargo boatman and two ferries passing each other near the landing. The Sakasai ferry was named after the neighboring village on the far side and was replaced by a Sakasai Bridge in 1879, the first bridge built across the Nakagawa. The Chinese egrets, shown here, were rarely seen in the summer in Japan and today egrets of any type are rare in this densely settled part of Tokyo.
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