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Returning Sails at Yabase (Yabase no Kihan), from Eight Views of the Province Omi (Omi Hakkei)

Utagawa Hiroshige

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of Japan, 2nd floor
Toyoharu, founder of the Utagawa school, created a single-sheet treatment of the Eight Views of Ōmi Province in the 1770s, taking his inspiration from the Chinese tradition of depicting scenic areas with strong literary associations. Hiroshige produced many series based on this model, depicting the area around Lake Biwa. This horizontal series is one of his most celebrated and includes a popular poem in the square cartouche that remarks on the beauty of the boats returning to Yabase with full sails.
MEDIUM Color woodblock print on paper
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1834
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS Sheet: 9 1/8 x 14 1/16 in. (23.2 x 35.7 cm) Image: 8 15/16 x 13 15/16 in. (22.6 x 35.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeidō) Seal: Hoyeido
    SIGNATURE Hiroshige ga (広重画)
    INSCRIPTIONS Poem: Maho kakete/ Yabase ni kaeru/ fune wa ima/ uchide no hama o/ ato no oikaze (真帆かけて 八橋にかへる 船はいま うち出のはまを あとの追風)
    CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Arts of Japan, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). Returning Sails at Yabase (Yabase no Kihan), from Eight Views of the Province Omi (Omi Hakkei), ca. 1834. Color woodblock print on paper, Sheet: 9 1/8 x 14 1/16 in. (23.2 x 35.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 39.586 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.586_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 39.586_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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