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______________________________________________ “The Tama River in Musashi Province” | By: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Created ca. 1830-33, this ethereal landscape print from the outstanding “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” series, depicts a boat on the Tama River, a major river in Yamanashi, Kanagawa and Tokyo Prefectures on Honshū, Japan.
The series has been described as the artist's "indisputable colour-print masterpiece", and depicts Mount Fuji from different locations and in various seasons and weather conditions.
In this design we see a calm and slightly overcast day, with man leading a horse on the river bank, whilst Mt Fuji sits majestically in the distance through the clouds.
Both Hokusai's choice of art name and frequent depiction of Mount Fuji stem from his religious beliefs. The name Hokusai (北斎) means "North Studio (room)", an abbreviation of Hokushinsai (北辰際) or "North Star Studio". Hokusai was a member of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, who see the Polaris, or North Star as associated with the deity Myōken (妙見菩薩).
Mount Fuji has traditionally been linked with eternal life in Japan. It is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" (三霊山 Sanreizan) along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is also a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan's Historic Sites. It was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013.
According to UNESCO, Mount Fuji has "inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries". _______________________________________________
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