Description In Japan, an island country with many rivers, having to cross bodies of water made traveling difficult and sometimes hazardous during the Edo period. In this image, a fashionable woman is transported across the Oigawa River. Her impressive hat is strapped to the straw mat shade to protect it from bending. As a contrast to her relative comfort, the grimacing faces of her porters reveal their struggle. Their nakedness also seems to accentuate the social division.
Provenance C. Robert Snell, Oriental Arts & Antiques, Timonium, Maryland; purchased by Justine Lewis Keidel, Owings Mills, Maryland, after 1971; given to Walters Art Museum, 1991.
Inscriptions [Signature] Hiroshige ga
Credit Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1991
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