Sugatamashi bridge, Omo-kagahasi bridge and Dzyarib village by Utagawa Hiroshige

Sugatamashi bridge, Omo kagahasi bridge and Dzyarib village by Utagawa Hiroshige

The bridge in the foreground of the engraving is called Oma-kagehasi. It is transferred through the aqueduct of Kanda-jesuy. A small bridge in the background of the engraving is probably Sugatamashi. It leads to the Shinto shrine Hikawa-medzinsya, apparently in the depths of the leaf. It was built by the order of Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune in 1735. Next to it, to the right was the Buddhist monastery of Nanjenzi, belonging to the Shingon sect, built in the beginning of the 16th century.

Around there were houses of Dzyarib village, which in translation means “Pebble quarry”. Probably, it was built on a pebble terrain. The village is surrounded by extensive rice fields. Almost on the horizon, in front of the wooded hills, the artist painted stylized yellow-pink clouds.

All the details and features of the terrain are transferred to Hiroshige with topographic accuracy and are easily recognizable. Color stylized clouds in the sheet of the late edition is radically changed. Gradual gradation of tones occurs with the distance to the distant plan of engraving from bright pink to dark purple.

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