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Takinogawa, Oji, No. 88 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Utagawa Hiroshige

Asian Art

In this view of the Shakujii River as it passes through the Oji district, the patches of orange reflect the famous autumnal display of maple trees in the area. The Takinogawa of the title, meaning "Waterfall River," is an appropriate name for the river at this point, which was known for its Seven Falls (encountered earlier in number 49).

Unfortunately, the glorious orange color of the maples has blackened with age, spoiling the intended effect. The pigment used here is probably either red lead or iron oxide, both of which can blacken over time with exposure to air.

MEDIUM Woodblock print
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 4th month of 1856
    PERIOD Edo Period, Ansei Era
    DIMENSIONS Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm) Image: 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (34 x 22.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS No publisher's seal visible, probably lost when the left margin was trimmed.
    SIGNATURE Hiroshige-ga
    ACCESSION NUMBER 30.1478.88
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Anna Ferris
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1930, provenance not yet documented; by 1930, acquired by Anna Ferris of Summit, NJ; 1930, gift of Anna Ferris to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This is a view of the Shakujii River in the Oji district; two other views of the river were seen in prints 19 and 49 of the series. One of the attractions here was the autumn display of maple trees planted along the banks, however the once-brilliant orange ink of the print has blackened with age. The pigment used here was either red lead or iron oxide, both of which can blacken over time with exposure to the atmosphere. The Matsubashi Bridge (Pine Bridge) shown here offered convenient access to the Oji Gongen Shrine and its affiliated temple of Kinrinji. The yellow roof at the upper right is the Matsubashi Benten Shrine and further to the right, against the margin, is the main hall of Kongoji Temple, in whose precincts the Benten Shrine was located. The temple became known as Momijidera or Maple Temple and survives today near Maple Bridge. The Takinogawa ("waterfall river") of the title applies to the area south of the river, although it would seem to be an appropriate name for the river at this point, which is known for its Seven Falls. The one to the right was known as Benten Falls. Today this entire stretch of river is a concrete channel, accommodating a high-rise apartment complex.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). Takinogawa, Oji, No. 88 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 4th month of 1856. Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.88 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.1478.88_PS20.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 30.1478.88_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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