東海道五十三次之内 府中 安部川
Travellers Fording the Abe River at Fuchu

Artist:
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1833–34
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
9 15/32 x 14 in. (24.1 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
JP490
Not on view
Fuchu, a capital city of Suruga, was a prosperous city where Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, retired. In this print, three ladies are carried across the Abe River by porters—in a palanquin, in a simple litter, and on the back of a wader.

The character, which can be read take (bamboo), is seen within a circle on the back of the green garment in the figure farthest to the right. It is one of the logos of the publisher of this series, Takenouchi Magobei.
Signature: Hiroshige ga
[ Herman A. E. and Paul C. Jaehne , until 1918; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.