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Station 14: Hara

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1854, Wood cut
Station 14: Hara
Station 14: Hara
Station 14: Hara
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Item no
Fifty-three stations by two brushes (Sohitsu gojusantsugi). Station 14: Hara
This print depicts a sake seller standing before two barrels. The barrels are connected with a pole that she would have worn across her shoulders. On top of one barrel labelled 'Mount Fuji sake' are several small blue and white sake cups. The woman is theatrically dressed in a purple long-sleeved (furisode) kimono decorated with white cursive Japanese script. Her sleeveless grey tunic is similarly patterned. The woman has wrapped her hair in cloth to keep it clean. Before her she holds a blue folding fan with the Japanese characters for 'white sake'. This figure is probably a reference to a popular kabuki character.
There were many variations of Tokaido print series produced during the Edo period that celebrated the local produce (meibutsu) that could be found at each post-station. In this print, sake is connected with Mount Fuji and Hara.
In the background inset, Hiroshige has depicted an enlarged view of Mount Fuji. The mountain is so tall that its peak extends beyond the frame of the print. This technique is used in representations of Hara in many of the other Tokaido print series by Hiroshige.
Artist / maker
Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
Hori Take (Yokogawa Takejiro)
36 x 24.8 cm
Art and Design Library
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