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Dec 22, 2009

The Moon-Viewing Promontory, from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo

The Moon-Viewing Promontory, from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo


Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重

(Japanese, 1797-1858)

Color woodblock print

Overall: 33.9 x 22.8 cm (13 3/8 x 9 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.320


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Beginning in the 700s, the Japanese held moon-viewing parties in celebration of the full moon during the late summer and autumn months. A full moon is visible in this print.


Hiroshige, who frequently designed prints with unusual or humorous viewpoints, has placed the viewer by pine trees, peering through a doorway at the end of a moon-viewing party. The silhouette of an elaborately coiffed woman is visible through a translucent paper door; only her hem trails into the room. Another person remains seated on the floor in the upper right, near a musical instrument and a tray with blue-and-white ceramics. This figure may still be admiring the autumn moon over ships in Tokyo Bay.

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