Akasaka 赤坂, the 37th print in the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō (Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi 東海道五十三次). It shows the view from the inner garden to the guest house. The view is partially obscured by the sago palm, which divides the print into two halves, left and right. On the right, three women prepare to join their guests. Around them are many richly decorated futons 布団 (a traditional Japanese bed that consists of a mattress and a quilt. Both parts are flexible enough to be stored in a closet during the day, so the room can serve as more than just a bedroom.) On the left, guests enjoy tobacco, drinks and company. A woman, probably the owner of the establishment, invites a third man, who has just come out of the bathroom, to join them. (KH, JR)
Author: 安藤広重 Andō Hiroshige
Workshop / factory / publisher: 保永堂 Hoeidō
Material description: paper
Manufacturing technique: coloured woodblock print or Ukiyo-e
Dimensions: height: 24.5 cm, length: 36.7 cm
Signature: 広重画 / Hiroshige ga
Seal: 保永堂 / Hoeidō (publisher's seal)
No. of parts: 1
Current owner: Celje Regional Museum
Date of the last acquisition: 1957–1960
Previous owners and periods of ownership: Alma M. Karlin, Thea Schreiber Gammelin, Celje Regional Museum
Object condition, handling and damage: The print has a hole in the upper left third and a tear in the right third. The damage to the print shows off the mulberry paper, one of the best materials for making prints.
History of exhibition: Celje Regional Museum, Celje, 16.10.2019–31.5.2020 (exhibition: Azija me je povsem uročila [Asia Utterly Bewitched Me])
Press releases: HRVATIN, Klara, ROBIN, Jernej, TRNOVEC, Barbara. 2019. Japonski lesorezi [Japanese woodblock prints]. V Azija me je povsem uročila: katalog občasne razstave ob 130. obletnici rojstva Alme M. Karlin in 100. obletnici njenega odhoda na pot okrog sveta (Asia Utterly Bewitched Me: catalogue of the special exhibition on the 130th anniversary of Alma M. Karlin and the 100th anniversary of her world tour). Celje: Pokrajinski muzej; Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete: 59-71.
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