'The Willow Tree at the Exit of Shimabara', from the series Famous Places in Kyoto, #8

This woodblock print depicts the moonlit gate in the Shimabara Quarter (the 'red light' district). It was the single officially licensed pleasure quarter in Kyoto in the Edo period, removed from the Rokujo Misujimachi in 1640 to a more isolated location on the Tamba Highway, surrounded by fields. The main gate on the east side was marked with a willow tree. It is a classic ukiyo-e scene, and a popular series by Hiroshige, whose body of work was prolific in landscape scenes.  It was originally published in 1834 and bears its original seals, and the seal of the 1930 publisher in the lower left margin. This is a later edition, likely c1930.  This print measures 10" x 14.75", and it is handsomely framed in its original Japanese bamboo frame, with veneer backing measuring 14" x 18.75".  It lays on a light ochre mat and it is in fine condition with minimal toning.       P8864   $145.00

Hiroshige, Utagawa (Ando)(1797-1858) 'The Willow Tree at the Exit of Shimabara',