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The Ayasegawa River and Kanegafuchi

This print depicts the confluence of the Sumida and Ayase rivers in the north of Edo (modern Tokyo). Legend has it that this deep spot in the river was the resting place of an ancient temple bell, kane, hence the name “bell depths” or kanegafuchi. It was also an area known for its silk trees (a kind of mimosa), which decoratively frame the print.

Andō Hiroshige
Japanese, 1797–1858
The Ayasegawa River and Kanegafuchi, from the series One Hundred Views of Edo
1856­–1858
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
13 ¾ x 9 ¼ in. (34.9 x 23.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Thomas T. Solley Endowed Fund for the Curator of Asian Art, 2013.157