Kinryūsan Temple at Asakusa, from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo"

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: 1856

Culture: Japan

Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Dimensions: H. 14 1/16 in. (35.7 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936

Accession Number: JP2519

Description

Kinryūsan Sensōji, the famous temple at Asakusa dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit), was the most popular venerable Buddhist temple in Edo.

In this print, snow white is complemented by the reds of the temple's buildings, the gate, the large lantern, and even the label signed "painted by Hiroshige" in the lower right corner. The auspicious color scheme of red and white here creates a celebratory mood.

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