View of the Whirlpools at Awa (Awa Naruto no fûkei), from an untitled set of three triptychs

「安房鳴門之風景」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Okazawaya Taiheiji (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #119; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 249, ôban triptych #01

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.8 x 75.5 cm (14 7/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

34.390a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 06.893-5, 21.7618-20, 34.390a-c

The set of three triptychs is often interpreted as representing the theme of Snow, Moon, and Flowers, with the whirlpools representing the flowers.

Signed

Hiroshige hitsu (on left sheet only)

広重筆

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 4
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳四
彫師:なし

Provenance

1934, bequest of Nellie Parney Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934)

Credit Line

Nellie Parney Carter Collection—Bequest of Nellie Parney Carter