The Buddhist temple Asakusa Kinryuzan

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige II 歌川広重 二世 (1826-1869)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1861
Woodblock print; ink and colors on paper
H x W: 36.3 x 74.3 cm (14 5/16 x 29 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Bequest of Florence Leonhart
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

Buddhism, cherry blossom, cherry tree, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, temple, triptych, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The Buddhist temple Kinryuzan is still a favorite site for visitors. During the nineteenth century its thriving marketplace attracted many visitors in the spring and autumn when the weather was most pleasant. Here among many Japanese visitors, the artist has focused in the foreground on a group of Western men and a Chinese assistant, the type of group that would be seen in Yokohama prints. Since excursions to Edo from nearby Yokohama were restricted at the time when this print was published, this scene is likely to have been imaginatively constructed by the artist.

Published References
  • James T. Ulak, Howard Kaplan, Dr. Julian Raby. Cherry Blossoms. New York, NY, March 3, 2015. .
  • Ann Yonemura, Milo Cleveland Beach, The Honorable and Mrs. William Leonhart. Yokohama: Prints From 19th Century Japan. Exh. cat. Washington. .
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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