Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). <em>Suwa Bluff, Nippori, No. 15 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo</em>, 5th month of 1856. Woodblock print, Image: 13 1/2 x 9 in. (34.3 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.15 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.1478.15_PS1.jpg)

Suwa Bluff, Nippori, No. 15 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Artist:Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)

Medium: Woodblock print

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Dates:5th month of 1856

Dimensions: Image: 13 1/2 x 9 in. (34.3 x 22.9 cm) Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm)



Accession Number: 30.1478.15

Image: 30.1478.15_PS1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
A scene of the Suwa shrine precincts. Below and to the right, down a steep path, was the village of Nippori; today the Yamanote Line runs along the foot of the bluff, and the Nishi-Nippori Station is about a hundred yards down to the left of this point. In the distance there are rice paddies, in the foreground two towering cedars. Near the trees rest two haystacks in yellow accent. In the far distance are two mountain groups that appear again from time to time in this series. To the right is the twin-peaked Mount Tsukuba, which appears eleven times in all the series and although only 2874 feet in elevation, it is the only mountain worthy of the name in the broad expanse of the Kanto Plain northeast of Edo, and its distinctive shape combined with an ancient tradition of religious veneration to make it more prominent in Hiroshige's landscapes than it was in ordinary visual experience. To the left is the Nikko Range, which appears as many as six times in this series. Scene below shows sightseers relaxing and picnicking beneath the cherry blossoms on platforms in back of the temple.

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