Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858)
Original Fuji, Meguro
From the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1857
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Gift of James A. Michener, 1991

"Original Fuji," the name of this miniature replica of Mount Fuji constructed in 1812, distinguishes it from "New Fuji," which was erected 17 years later and which is depicted in a print nearby. Through a cunning use of foreshortening, Hiroshige makes the actual Mount Fuji, which can be seen far in the distance, appear much smaller. Images and information about four other Fuji replicas can be found among the prints and books on display nearby.

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