Hiroshige Ukiyo-e Print (The Dockers' Museum, object nr. 77)
This print depicts traveling figures that cross the river Oi. Because there is no bridge, the people are wading through the shallow water. Some go on foot, others are carried by porters or transported in a kago, a sedan that was used by the non-samurai class. Still others are traveling horseback.
From a bird’s-eye view, we see about a hundred figures that are on the banks of the river or already in the water. They have a lot of boxes and baskets with them. While some relax, others let their horses drink or they move further west. This could represent a daimyō (a Japanese warlord from the samurai class) and his supporters.
– Stéphanie Van den Eynde
Translation by Steven Tallon
Hiroshige Ukiyo-e Print [title given by Allan Sekula], woodblock color print on paper, unknown date [nineteenth century], 20.1 x 30.5 cm. Purchased by Allan Sekula through eBay on 12 July 2010.