Famous Places in Enlightened Tokyo: Nihonbashi

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige III 歌川広重三世 (1843-1894)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, ca. 1870
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 33.4 x 21.6 cm (13 1/8 x 8 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

bridge, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Mount Fuji, palanquin, WWII-era provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury


The title of this print identifies it as an image of the cultural enlightnment of Tokyo in the early Meiji era. Here at Nihonbashi, storehouses with their shutters raised for airing appear beyond Nihonbashi, a major bridge spanning the Sumida River. A festival palanquin bearing the spirit of a Shinto deity is carried precariously across the bridge.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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