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Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo, No. 107 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)

Asian Art

This view looking northwest from Fukagawa Susaki, a spit of land along Edo Bay, toward Jūmantsubo, a tract of land named after its approximate area of one hundred thousand tsubo (about eighty acres), is one of the most dramatic designs of the series. Its appeal lies in the contrast between the powerful form of the eagle as it prepares to dive for prey and the desolate wintry marshes below. As in other views devoid of people, there is still a pervasive human presence—in the roofs huddled to the left, in the poles of the lumber-yards beyond, and, above all, in the lone wooden bucket floating at the edge of the bay, surrounded by water birds on which the eagle seems to have its eye.

MEDIUM Woodblock print
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 5th month of 1857
    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 Publisher: Shitaya Uo Ei.
    SIGNATURE Hiroshige-ga
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 30.1478.107
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Anna Ferris
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo, No. 107 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 5th month of 1857. Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.107
    IMAGE overall, 30.1478.107_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This print is one of the three most often cited as favorites in the series, along with the Rain at Ohashi (print 58) and the Foxfires at Oji (print 118). There is a particular appeal in the powerful form of the eagle as it prepares to dive for prey in the wintry marshes below. The back of the eagle is enhanced with glinting mica and the three claws seen here are coated in shiny gloss. In the distance is the snow-capped form of Mount Tsukuba. Fukagawa Susaki was a portion of land along Edo Bay that had a popular Benten shrine at the tip and that also offered excellent shellfish gathering at low tide in the spring. The view here is from Fukagawa Susaki toward Jumantsubo, a large tract of land that corresponds to the present Senda and Sengoku 2-3 chome neighborhoods in Koto Ward. This area was reclaimed from the marshes in 1723-1726 and named after its approximate area. In Hiroshige's time it was occupied in part by one of the suburban daimyo estates.
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