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#32 Arai Watashibuna chakugan gosekisho (Ferry Boats Approaching Shore near Arai)
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • #32 Arai Watashibuna chakugan gosekisho (Ferry Boats Approaching Shore near Arai), 1855–1857, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Gojūsan tsugi meisho zukai (Collected Pictures of the Famous 53 Stations), popularly known as Tate-e Tōkaidō (Vertical Tokaido)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 344 x 226 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 1/2 x 8 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 370 x 248 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 9/16 x 9 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7212
Catalogue raisonné

Landscape with large body of water and village. Vertical orientation, rectangular image with small quarter circles cut out from each corner. Water dominates center of composition (Arai harbor), many ships, some with sails, dot surface of water. Shoreline in foreground. Grassy hills with trees at right and left side, bottom left quadrant, village rooftops, gate, and large lantern visible. Mountains cut across background. Vibrant colors, predominantly pink, blue, and green, with some yellow and red.