Arts and Designs of Japan
June Selection June 2019

Artist Hiroshige
Title Okitsu – The poet Yamabe no Akahito gazes on Mt. Fuji
Series 53 Parallels for the Tokaido
Date c. 1845-6
Publisher Enshuya Matabei
Format Oban (10" X 14 1/2")
Comment Embossing on the fans
The Nara period poet Yamabe no Akihito (700-736) is revered for his poems in the Manyoshu collection of poetry. He seems to have traveled with Emperor Shomu in Yoshino and Ki. He even traveled to Eastern Japan and his poem about Mt. Fuji is one of the earliest descriptions of the peak.
Price $450.
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