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Kagaribi (The Fishing Fire) or Hi (Fire)
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    1797–1861
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Kagaribi (The Fishing Fire) or Hi (Fire), circa 1850, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Mitate go gyō (Select Five Elements)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 358 x 250 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 1/8 x 9 13/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 358 x 252 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/8 x 9 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0130
Description

Kimono-clad woman carrying a gold-laquered water basket. Night scene with flowering sakura (cherry) trees. In the background fishing boats with nets and torches. Karazuri (blind printing) on the hems and collar of the woman's kimono. Silver dust used to show the reflection of the fire on the water.
Possibly part of the "Fashionable Analogues for the Five Elements" series, representing either fire in the torch or water with the basket.