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Maker(s):Utagawa Hiroshige I; Sanoya Kihei, published by
Culture:Japanese (1797–1858); Japanese (active ca. 1800–1875)
Title:Ishiyakushi: A Picture of the Station House [Ishiyakushi toiyaba no zu], from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō" [Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi], also known as the "Kyōka Iri Tōkaidō"
Date Made:ca. 1840–1842
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 6 5/8 in x 9 in; 16.8 cm x 22.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.387.1
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

chūban yoko-e; fūkeiga; nishiki-e

Label Text:
This print is signed at lower-left "Hiroshige ga" ('drawn by Hiroshige'). The publisher's seal and the kiwame seal of the censors are both visible in red within the left margin. However, owing to condition, they are unclear and this attribution has been made using publication records and comparisons with other impressions. The series title is printed vertically descending in the red cartouche at upper-left, while this location and the title of the print are identified in the text superimposed on the roof of the structure, which is a passport inspection office.

This series is known colloquially as the "Kyōka Iri Tōkaidō" ("Tōkaidō with Satirical Poems") due to the inclusion of the text at upper-right, which describes the golden roof of the inns and the the glittering coins of the travelers, referencing the beauty of the scene while also poking fun at the exchange of money associated with the site. The short poem is signed "a true verse by a friend" ('Tomogaki shinren').

trees; figures; animals; horses; calligraphy; woodcut; seals; baths; bathrobes

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