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Atagoshita and Yabu Lane

Utagawa Hiroshige, Japanese, (1797–1858)

Creation date: 1857
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.245
Dimensions: 13 1/16 in. x 8 9/16 in. (33.18 cm x 21.75 cm)

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Sonya Quintanilla
Collections in Context
Summer 2009 The expansion of Edo into a metropolis resulted from the early 17th-century Japanese requirement that feudal lords, or daimyo, maintain a permanent domicile there and reside in the capital every other year. The merchant class of Edo expanded to provide for the increased material needs of the city. This scene depicts an alley and drainage canal between two daimyo residences, with the red gate in the distance marking the entrance to a shrine. The bamboo grove and black fence in the foreground were known to mark the perimeter of the residence of the daimyo of the Kato clan, whose ancestor was famous for having single-handedly killed a tiger in a bamboo thicket in Korea.
Last Updated: 12/30/2009


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Hiroshige Woodblock Prints , 3/10/1975 - 4/4/1975

Look.React.Engage: The Art of Collecting at Two San Diego Museums California Center for the Arts, Escondido , 5/6/2003 - 7/20/2003


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Andreas Marks and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Dreams and Diversions University of Washington Press. Seattle, WA, 2010
Page Number: 87, 90, Figure Number: 76

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