Item ID: 10031 Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji. FUJISAN 富士山, MOUNT FUJI.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.
Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji

Four picture scrolls on paper, containing 83 fine paintings of different aspects of Mount Fuji.

Four scrolls (315 x 24,440; 13,910; 19,960; 17,200 mm.), green silk brocade with gold threads for outer endpaper, gold-flecked inner endpapers, each with a manuscript paper label, orig. core rollers. [Japan: late Edo or early Meiji].

Mount Fuji, with its graceful conical form, is certainly one of the most beautiful of all volcanic mountains and is considered the sacred symbol of Japan. For centuries, it has been a pilgrimage destination; its beauty has been appreciated by many poets and reproduced by countless artists, most famously Hokusai.

The 83 paintings in these four picture scrolls were clearly rendered by a highly skilled artist, who was able to achieve numerous effects. Each painting is of different length, and many are quite extended and panoramic. The scrolls are named on their manuscript labels: “Fuji zecchō no zu” 富士絶頂の図, “The Summit of Fuji Illustrated”; “Fuji hokumen no maki” 富士北面の巻, “Views of the North Side of Fuji”; and the third and fourth share “Fuji nanmen no maki” 富士南面の巻, “Views of the South Side of Fuji.”

The anonymous artist has depicted Fujisan from different aspects, distances, and seasons (with varying amounts of snow), times of day (including a beautiful one at sunset), weather (rainy, sunny, or windy with plumes of snow blowing off the moutainside), different kinds of clouds and cloud coverage, etc. Some of the paintings show Fuji far in the distance with famous lakes (Yamanaka, Kawaguchi, Suwa, and others) in the foregrounds. In another, we are on Fuji, looking down on an ocean of clouds. Some of the views were made from stations along the famous Tōkaidō road from Edo to Kyoto, which passed near Fujisan.

A series of five paintings shows “the five colors of Fuji”: white, black, purple, blue, and red, depending on the time of day and atmospheric conditions. Several images show Fuji with pine trees and bamboo in the foreground or through a window or shrine gate. Another depicts a rainbow in Fuji’s caldera. One particularly complex image shows Fuji reflected in a body of water.

Each image has a contemporary manuscript title.

In fine condition, preserved in a modern wooden box. Unimportant worming, some of which has been carefully repaired. At the end of each scroll is a stamp of a conservator, datable to after 1943.

Price: $19,500.00

Item ID: 10031