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54. Inside of Gold Mine, Sado Island


Item code : DUC274

Artist Hiroshige II
Subject Landscapes
Series One Hundred Famous Views of Provinces
Publisher Uoya Eikichi
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 24.7 x 36.4 cm
Date Edo (1615 - 1868)


Published in 1859.

In this print, Hiroshige II beautifully utilises a gradation of very limited colours to create an atmospheric historical scene, which shows the inside of the Sado Gold Mine on Sado Island in Niigata prefecture. The visual highlight of this image is the intricate depiction of light and shadow, while a historical point of interest to the viewer lies in the unique insight into this man-made tunnel system, as well as the lives of the workers that occupy it.

Starting at the top of the print, we see three men descending into the mine. Slightly below them and to the left, two men are looking for gold, using chisels to break off chunks of stone. At the very bottom, another three are on break, eating and chatting with each other. One last character can be seen on the lower right side of the print. He is set further back in the tunnel system, removed from the viewer, creating depth. The entire composition is cast in shadow, the only light coming from oil lamps located near the workers.


Condition : Excellent       Impression : Excellent
Small holes caused by binding from book/album binding have been restored on right margin. Small stamp in bottom left corner.