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Futami Bay in Ise Province, no. 27 from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

Futami Bay in Ise Province, no. 27 from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

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Utagawa Hiroshige

Futami Bay’s “wedded rocks” are two offshore standing stones, symbolically linked with thick rope. For Shintoists, the rocks represent Izanagi and Izanami, the gods who raised Japan from the sea. They stood on the Amanohashidate, the floating bridge between heaven and earth, and created the land from the sea with a jeweled spear. The bridge they stood upon fell to earth to create a narrow pine-covered isthmus in Kyoto prefecture.
Artist
Utagawa Hiroshige
(Japanese, 1797 - 1858)
Title
Futami Bay in Ise Province, no. 27 from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji
Date
4/1858
Medium
Color woodcut
Dimensions
339 x 225 mm Overall
Credit
Bequest of John H. Van Vleck
Accession No.
1980.1431
Classification
Prints
Geography
Japan

Related

Collection of Hayashi (Tokyo, Japan); by 1925, purchased by Frank Lloyd Wright; ca. 1926, acquired by The Bank of Wisconsin; 1928, sold to Edward Burr Van Vleck (Madison, WI); 1943, passed through inheritance to Edward’s son, John H. Van Vleck (Madison, WI); 9 January 1980, bequeathed by John H. Van Vleck to the Elvehjem Museum of Art [now called Chazen Museum of Art]

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