DescriptionUtagawa Hiroshige was one of the great masters of woodblock prints. Among his many works in the Museum’s collection is “The Outskirts of Koshigaya in Musashi Province” (Musashi, Koshigaya Zai) from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. In this work, posthumously published in 1859, Hiroshige frames the iconic mountain with tree branches bearing early spring blossoms. Our striking watch design is derived from this evocative woodblock print.
18K gold overlay case. Printed plastic band. Quartz movement. Case: 1 1/4'' diam.; band: adjusts from 5 7/8'' to 7 7/8''L.
- 18K gold overlay case
- Printed plastic band
- Quartz movement
- Case: 1 1/4'' diam.; band: adjusts from 5 7/8'' to 7 7/8''L
Art HistoryWoodblock prints of Japan’s Edo period (1615–1868) most frequently depicted the seductive courtesans and exciting kabuki actors of the urban pleasure districts—and were known as ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world.” Woodblock prints later featured famous picturesque vistas and, eventually, in the final years of the nineteenth century, dramatic historical events.