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Horie and Nekozane, No. 96 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Utagawa Hiroshige

Asian Art

This view looking westward from Edo Bay toward two fishing villages—Nekozane on the right side of the channel and Horie on the left—is a particularly early image in the series. Like many of the early views, it depicts a site far from Edo itself but familiar to Edo residents. Some of these distant sites were important junctions, while others were known for religious or historical monuments. This area was famous chiefly for the variety of tasty shellfish that it supplied to the city. At the very southern tip of this place now sits Tokyo Disneyland, the newest "famous place" in the area.

MEDIUM Woodblock print
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 2nd month of 1856
    PERIOD Edo Period, Ansei Era
    DIMENSIONS Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm) Image: 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (34 x 22.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS No publisher's seal visible, probably lost when left margin was trimmed. Date seal and censor seal at top margin.
    SIGNATURE Hiroshige-ga
    ACCESSION NUMBER 30.1478.96
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Anna Ferris
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1930, provenance not yet documented; by 1930, acquired by Anna Ferris of Summit, NJ; 1930, gift of Anna Ferris to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This scene depicts two fishing villages, Nekozane on the right side of the channel and Horie on the left. The channel is called Border River (Sakaigawa) and the nearer of the two bridges is Border Bridge (Sakaibashi). Both survive today. The fishing villages were well known for a variety of shellfish and were administratively merged in 1889 and given the name "Urayasu" in hope that it would be a "safe harbor." Land reclamation projects in the twentieth century have constantly expanded the limits of Urayasu into Edo Bay. The very southern tip of this new land is where Toyko Disneyland is presently located. In the foreground are a group of birds, gray plovers (daizen). There appears to have been a thriving market in Edo for these edible birds. There is a net buried under the sand and the trappers are calling the birds with a whistle. When enough plovers have assembled, the trappers will pull the long cord shown here which will release a device that snares the birds.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). Horie and Nekozane, No. 96 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 2nd month of 1856. Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.96 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.1478.96_PS20.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 30.1478.96_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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