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Maker(s):Kobayashi Kiyochika
Culture:Japanese (1847-1915)
Title:Ryogoku Bridge and the One Hundred Stakes (Senpon gui Ryogoku)
Date Made:1880 (Meiji 13)
Materials:woodblock print (oban yoko-e)
Measurements:Sheet: 9 1/2 in x 14 1/4 in; 24.13 cm x 36.195 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2008.38
Credit Line:Purchase with Wise Fund for Fine Arts
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Ryōgoku Bridge, completed in 1659, was the second bridge to be constructed over the Sumida River and was frequently destroyed by floods and rebuilt. The bridge depicted here was the last wooden span, completed in 1875. Kiyochika shows the bridge from the eastern shore, looking over the “thousand stakes” that were driven into the banks to prevent erosion. He skillfully uses vanishing-point perspective and has adapted watercolor effects to the woodblock print medium.
SM 2012

reflection; bridges; columns; woods; water; rivers

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