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The Snow Garden
  • Utagawa Kunisada, artist
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
    Utagawa Hiroshige, artist
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • The Snow Garden, 1854, 12th month, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • (An Eastern Genji)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in matted with .7495 and .7620
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7621

Vertical landscape with three women. Women are in foreground, elaborately dressed, and working on making a large rabbit out of snow. Snow covered landscape in background, including a pagoda just above center, and a structure and waterfall at upper right. Scene takes place at night. Cartouche at upper right, cartouche, text, and seal at lower right.