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Maker(s):Utagawa Hiroshige II
Culture:Japanese (1826–1869)
Title:Swallows ('Tsubame')
Date Made:ca. 1865
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 6 9/16 in x 5 1/16 in; 16.7 cm x 12.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.249
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

harimaze cut from vertical ōban sheet; kachō-e; sumizuri-e; ishizuri

Label Text:
This print is signed at lower-right Risshō or Ryūshō (both are possible pronunciations), a named employed by Hiroshige II starting ca. 1865. The seal reads "Ryūsai," a name inherited from his master, Hiroshige I, ca. 1859.

This style of print, known as "ishizuri" is meant to evoke the appearance of a stone rubbing. A harimaze print, this image shared a larger sheet with other prints, which were meant to be separated.

black and white; animals; birds; calligraphy; seals; woodcut

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