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Moon Reflections on Rice Paddys at the foot of Kyo_dai Mountain, Shinano Province: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Between 1853 and 1856, Hiroshige designed sixty-nine prints inspired by famous views in each of sixty-six provinces that comprised the island of Honshu (plus additional prints for the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu and the city of Edo). The view of the moon rising from behind Mt. Kyo_dai was made famous as early as the 10th century when a verse about it was included in the imperial poetry anthology Kokinwakashu. Hiroshige was probably also aware of the famous itinerate poet Matsuo Basho_'s account of his trip to Sarashina where he observed the moon from Mt. Obasute and where he heard a legend of an old woman abandoned in the mountains to die with the moon as her only companion. Here, Hiroshige cleverly captured the unusual site of the full moon reflected repeatedly in the terraced fields at the foot of Mt. Kyo_dai as seen from Mt. Obasute.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009