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Station 19: Ejiri

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1854, Wood cut
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Station 19: Ejiri
Station 19: Ejiri
Station 19: Ejiri
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Fifty-three stations by two brushes (Sohitsu gojusantsugi). Station 19: Ejiri
In this print a woman is dressed in Chinese styled robes and is presented as the legendary Ho-o bird (Chinese fenghuang bird). Traditionally, the Ho-o bird was a composite of many different birds and had the tail of a peacock and the wings of a swallow. The bird was a good omen and was believed to appear in places blessed with peace and prosperity. The woman's purple robe, decorated with a Chinese pattern of white clouds, is fastened at the waist by a voluminous yellow belt. Loose ribbons of green fabric float around her head indicating that this character is a type of Chinese goddess.
Beneath the female Ho-o bird, Hiroshige has depicted a snow-capped Mount Fuji, a popular symbol of peace and good fortune.
Hiroshige's Ejiri print from the Hoeido series is very different in subject matter and instead depicts a view of the busy port of Miho and Mount Ashitaka. Kunisada and Hiroshige's Ejiri print is comparable to a series known as 'Tokaido Pairs' or '53 Parallels for the Tokaido Road' (Tokaido gojusantsugi hodogaya), a collaborative work between Hiroshige, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi that was published in the mid 1840s by Ibasen, Ibakiu and others.
Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
Hori Take (Yokogawa Takejiro)
36 x 24.8 cm
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