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Gathering Shellfish at Low Tide at Susaki, from the series Famous Places in Edo

Gathering Shellfish at Low Tide at Susaki, from the series Famous Places in Edo

mid-1830s
Location: not on view

Description

Susaki, a spit of land along Edo Bay, was known for excellent shellfish harvests during low tide in the spring. Hiroshige designed this print so that the viewer seems to be floating in the bay on board a ship, whose mast and rigging span the left foreground. Instead of depicting the lives or monuments of wealthy elites, this landscape focuses on the working men, women, and children wading into shallow water to fill their baskets with shellfish. Susaki Shrine, dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water, is shown only as buildings amid pine trees on the right, while the leisure class enjoying the sea breezes from a pavilion are reduced to small figures in the background.
  • (R. E. Lewis, Inc., California, sold to Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Smith)
    ?-1985
    The Kelvin Smith Collection, Cleveland, OH, ?-1985, given by Mrs. Kelvin [Eleanor Armstrong] Smith [1899-1998] to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1985-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, 1985-present
  • Japanese Gallery 235 Rotation. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (March 26-July 9, 2018).
    A Private World: Japanese and Chinese Art from the Kelvin Smith Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 14-November 13, 1988).
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