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#28 Fukuroi Meibutsu enshū tako (Fukuroi-Flying Totomi Kites)
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • #28 Fukuroi Meibutsu enshū tako (Fukuroi-Flying Totomi Kites), 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: 342 x 227 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 7/16 x 8 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 370 x 249 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
  • 1928.7246

Busy rural landscape. Vertical orientation, rectangular image with small quarter circles cut out from each corner. Narrow road cuts horizontally through center of image. Six figures walking on road, two are flying a kite. Two kites in sky, TL and TRQ. Seven figures in rice field, foreground. Rice fields and workers in background. Three large trees in fields. Small structures and hills visible in distance. Vibrant colors, predominantly green, and blue, with some pink, yellow, gray, and red.