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Echigoya Dry-Goods Shop, Suruga-cho, #8 in the series One Hundred Views of Edo
Date: 1856
Culture: Japanese
Dimensions: image: 13 3/8 x 8 5/8 in. (34 x 21.9 cm) sheet: 13 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (34.6 x 23.2 cm) mount: 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (49.5 x 34.3 cm) mat: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Medium: woodblock print
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Fillette Many
Label Text: The Mitsui family’s Echigoya drapery store in Edo (now Tokyo) was the forerunner of today's fashionable Mitsukoshi department store. The massive store lined both sides of the street. The street was named Suruga-cho because it framed Edo's best view of Mt. Fuji, located in the old Suruga (now Shizuoka) Province. The Western-style, one-point perspective of the street leads the eye from the foreground to the mountain in the background. The insertion of a cloud formation in the middle-ground was a common device Japanese artists used to signal a shift in distance or a narrative break.
Object Number: 1960/1.337
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