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#54 Ōtsu (Carp Braised in Sake at Otsu near Lake Biwa)
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • #54 Ōtsu (Carp Braised in Sake at Otsu near Lake Biwa), circa 1844, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Gojūsan tsugi meisho zukai (Collected Pictures of the Famous 53 Stations), popularly known as Gyōsho Tōkaidō
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 194 x 311 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 5/8 x 12 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 210 x 325 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 12 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7351
Catalogue raisonné

Village landscape. Horizontal orientation, rectangular image with small quarter circles cut out from each corner. Building dominates right side of composition, restaurant serving Gangorōbuna (carp braised in rice wine). Line of flags hangs from building, center to right center. Three figures seated in building, woman stands inside with serving tray. Two empty open sided sedan chairs sit on ground, BLQ. Three figures nearby, two stand, one sits smoking a pipe. Tree rises in top center. Large board with sign at bottom center, rests against building. Lake in middle ground, left side, dotted with ships. Mountains rise in background, right side. Brown and gray are predominant colors with some blue, green, yellow, and red.