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Mt. Fuji, approx. 1834-1846

Mt. Fuji, approx. 1834-1846, by Kano Seisen'in (Japanese, 1796 - 1846), Hanging scroll; Ink and colors on silk, Gift of Edith Fried, 2005.59. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Mt. Fuji, approx. 1834-1846, by Kano Seisen'in (Japanese, 1796 - 1846), Hanging scroll; Ink and colors on silk, Gift of Edith Fried, 2005.59. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

For this tranquil scene, Osanobu depicted the quintessential peak of Mount Fuji using soft brushwork, dilute ink washes, and sparse touches of color. A narrow pass between rounded hills at the lower left suggests that the location may be Utsunomiya Pass, near Okabe. In the Edo period Okabe was a post town on the Tokaido Road, the main route leading from Edo (modern Tokyo) to Kyoto. The painting includes a small structure on the far side of the pass, possibly a teahouse where travelers paused to purchase refreshments. Red foliage indicates the autumn season, and clouds of mist shroud the base of the mountain.