Golden Pagoda in Rangoon

Artist: Yoshida Hiroshi 吉田博 (1876-1950)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1931
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 24.6 x 37.6 cm (9 11/16 x 14 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Katherine W. Robison
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

Japan, pagoda, Showa era (1926 - 1989), water buffalo, WWII-era provenance

To 1996
Henry Edwin Robison (1913-2008), Palo Alto, CA, to 1996

From 1996
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Henry Edwin Robison in 1996

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Henry Edwin Robison 1913-2008


Yoshida traveled to Yangon (Rangoon) in present-day Myanmar (Burma) aboard the British ship Blue Channel.  Yoshida commemorated his visit there with this print of the Shwe-Zigon (Shwe Dagon) Pagoda, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Southeast Asia.  Entirely covered with gold, the pagoda is believed to contain relics of the historic Buddha as well as of previous Buddhas.  Built high on platforms rising on a hilly site, the pagoda had reached its current form in the sixteenth century, and was an important destination for pilgrims.  The carefully graded and overprinted colors selected by Yoshida for this print suggest the warm glow of the setting sun as it illuminates the golden dome and spire of the pagoda.  The shadows of twilight are suggested by the dark blue and green tones in the foreground, where water buffalo gather near a lake that reflects the pagoda and the surrounding landscape.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura. Beyond the Brush: Japanese Prints, Paper Works and Photographs. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 34, fig. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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