Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) 広重
Title: Azuma Shrine and the Entwined Camphor 吾嬬の森連理の梓
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo Hyakkei)
The sun is setting on a spring day, the cherry trees blooming along the path to Azuma Shrine. The path begins lower left and continues through a stone torii and along a colonnade of shrine pennants until reaching the precincts of the shrine, hidden by trees at left. The tallest tree in the design, the giant camphor tree with the split trunk at left is the famous Entwined Camphor tree, which enshrines Princess Ototachibana’s sacrifice for Prince Yamato Takeru. In the Jukkenbawa Canal at bottom we see two small boats passing each other. In this design we see also Hiroshige’s penchant for zigzag sightlines, beautifully accomplished, as always.
Condition: Excellent color. Very good impression and condition. Center fold.
Dimensions: ôban (36.4 x 24.6 cm)
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: “Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”, plate 31. See AIC, MFA, Brooklyn Museum websites.
Signature: Hiroshige ga