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Chiryû: The Old Story of the Irises at Yatsuhashi Bridge (Yatsuhashi no kakitsubata no koji), cut from sheet 12 of the harimaze series Pictures of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi zue)

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From a sheet of four pictures showing Chiryû (TL), Narumi (TR), Miya (BR), and Kuwana (BL) stations. MFA impressions: 21.8687 (Chiryû), 21.8688 (Narumi), 21.8689 (Narumi), 21.8690 (Miya), 21.8691 (Miya), 21.8692 (Kuwana), 21.8693 (Kuwana), RES.49.95 (uncut sheet)


(this picture unsigned)


November 1912, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga, Part II (2009), Edo #90-13 (uncut sheet); Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #45 (series of 15 sheets, not listed individually)


Harimaze, cut from vertical ôban sheet; 18.2 x 11.1 cm (7 3/16 x 4 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper