Edo prints

  Design: Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)  
  Title: Homing geese on the Sumida River  
  Series title: Eight fashionable views of Edo  
  Size: 29.5 x 21.3 cm (chūban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Suzuki Harunobu Eight Fashionable Views of Edo: Homing Geese on the Sumida River


Originally published in 1768.

Special effects: embossing (karazuri) on the white kimono of the standing lady.

Artist’s signature in left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
haru spring  
shin faith Picture by
ga picture Harunobu

Print title in top right area of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
sumi spring  
ta rice paddy  
kawa river  
raku spring Homing geese
gan spring on the Sumida river

Followed by the poem:

koete koshi
mine wa amata no
kumoji yori
Sumida ga hara ni
otsuru karigane

They cross in passage
countless peaks on their pathway
through the clouds, whence now
on fields at Sumida they
alight - the wild crying geese.


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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