Ōmori, from the series Famous Places in the Eastern Capital

Utagawa Kuniyoshiearly 1830s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Sites around Edo (present-day Tokyo) were popular subjects of ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) prints in the early 1800s. The calligraphy in the red circle on the upper right is the title of the series, <em>The Famous Places in the Eastern Capital</em>. The Ōmori district, on Edo Bay a few miles south of Edo, was known for its cultivation of nori, the crackly sheets of seaweed commonly wrapped around rice balls or sushi rolls. Utagawa Kuniyoshi depicted two women gathering seaweed from cultivation beds. One uses chopsticks, while the other gently rakes the seaweed into the baskets in their boat. The tip of another skiff behind the stand of plants on the right and the cultivation beds in the distance suggest the scale and importance of this industry.

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  • Title: Ōmori, from the series Famous Places in the Eastern Capital
  • Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
  • Date Created: early 1830s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 23.9 x 34.2 cm (9 7/16 x 13 7/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Hans Popper (sale: Sotheby Parke Bernet, October 6, 1972, lot 281), Eugene V. Thaw, The Kelvin Smith Collection, Cleveland, OH, ?-1985, given by Mrs. Kelvin [Eleanor Armstrong] Smith [1899-1998] to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, 1985-present
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1985.335
  • Medium: Color woodblock print
  • Inscriptions: Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga Publisher: Kagaya Kichibei (Kagaya, Ryogoku, emblem) Censorship Seal: kiwame
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 1985.335

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