Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858)
Kilns and the Hashiba Ferry on the Sumida River
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
A plume of smoke that bisects the composition rises from one of two bell-shaped kilns used by potters to produce roof tiles, Imado-yaki figurines, and other ceramic wares. Between the two kilns can be seen a heap of pine needles used as fuel during firings.
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