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View of Akashi Bay
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    1786–1864
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • View of Akashi Bay, circa 1850, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 361.95 x 250.82 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.243
Description

A: Three women with one in center kneeling and one standing on either side carrying a fish. Woman at left has blue floral robes and a large yellow wooden circular pan on head with pink, blue fish in it. At her feet is a green basket with clam shells. Woman at center has olive and black checkered robes and holds a yellow pipe in one hand and a gold object in other. In front of her is a wooden tray. Woman at right is dressed in purple, pink, red and carries a basket of clams. Gray foregournd. Blue waves and water in midground. Pink horizon with seven sails, white and blue sky. There is a pine branch in upper right.

B: A woman in gray with blue designs and red trim kneels at left. She holds a large green basket full of seaforms. She smiles up at a man standing in center dressed in gray and white holding a gold and blue pipe in his left hand. At right, a man sits in dark blue and green. Gray foreground and blue waves and water in midground. There is a large boat at left and five small sails on pink horizon. A pine tree grows up through the center towards the left. There are gray hills on the horizon at right. White and blue sky.

C: A lady stands in center with two ladies in waiting. One is kneeling at either side. She has on red robes with blue, yellow, brown and red designs. There are blue flowers in her hair and a blue fan in her hand. Lady at left is in brown and blue striped robes with yellow combs in her hair. She holds a little blue pot with yellow trim that dangles from yellow ribbon. The lady at right is dressed in blue with autumn leaves trim. Gray foreground. Blue waves and water in midground with a point of gray sand extending in from right with two pine trees and yellow huts on it. One tree at TL. Gray, dark blue hills on horizon. Pink, white, blue sky.