The noda chidoro river in mutsu - mutsu sono go
The noda chidoro river in mutsu - mutsu sono go
Japanese prints

Utagawa Sadakage

act. 1818 - 1844

The Noda Chidoro river in Mutsu - Mutsu Sono Go - 1832 c.

Colour woodblock
Format: Shikishiban mm 198x183
Signature: Ojun Gototei
Artist's seal: Toshidama
Series: Mu Tamagawa no uchi; Six Jewel Rivers, 1832 c., year of the dragon

An Ōharame sitting on a bundle of firewood and leaning against a basket. In the background, the river with rippling waves and plovers (chidori) flying above. The Noda River was celebrated in a poem by the priest Nōin (988-?) mentioning ‘the crying plovers in the evening when the salt wind gathers’.
At the left Poems by Shōyōtei Aoki e Chōnintei Motoyori.

Others impressions of the print are published in:
Catalogue of the Collection of the Japanese Prints, Part IV, pag. 110, n. 194 (inv. 58:513), Rijksprentenkabinet- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1984.
Steffi Schmidt-Setsuko Kuwabara ‘ Surimono Kostbare japanische Farbholzschnitte aus dem Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin’,1990, pag. 152, n. 68 (inv. n. 6265-ID 29306), (link).
"Surimono: Poetry & Image in Japanese prints", Amsterdam: Hotei, 2000, p. 79, pl. 44.

; "Surimono in the Rijsmuseum Amsterdam", Hotei publishing 2013, pag. 301, n. 580.

Comments on: Utagawa Sadakage

Kunisada’s pupil Sadakage made his living primarily as an book illustrator for noted writers such as Jippensha Ikku and Koigawa Harumachi. He also produced a number of deluxe surimono. For his surimono he worked almost exclusively with ‘bijin’ imagery, he seems to have worked almost exclusively for the ‘Oe-ren’, the poetry circle headed by Shakuyakutei. His family name was Kojima and he lived in Mejirodai.