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Fuji from the Platform of Sasayedo

Katsushika Hokusai

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
The elevated porch of the Gohyaku Rakan-ji temple in Tōkyō was known as a good place to capture a distant view of Mount Fuji. Hokusai depicts a variety of characters on the porch: the bare-legged man at the left and the seated figures with backpacks are working-class people, while the individuals at the center are more affluent. This impression uses the newly available Prussian-blue ink for the outlines and other areas that would normally be in black (including hair), contrasting it with gray-black ink for the expanse of water.
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 19th century
    PERIOD Edo period
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/16 x 15 1/16 in. (25.5 x 38.3 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Zen Hokusai I itsu fude
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Frederic B. Pratt
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849). Fuji from the Platform of Sasayedo, 19th century. Print, 10 1/16 x 15 1/16 in. (25.5 x 38.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frederic B. Pratt, 42.77 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 42.77_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
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    Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849). <em>Fuji from the Platform of Sasayedo</em>, 19th century. Print, 10 1/16 x 15 1/16 in. (25.5 x 38.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frederic B. Pratt, 42.77 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 42.77_IMLS_SL2.jpg)