The Moon Seen through Leaves (Hagoshi no tsuki)
From the series Twenty-eight Views of the Moon (Tsuki nijuhakkei no uchi)
Woodblock print
Signed Hiroshige hitsu
Published by Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudo), circa 1832
Otanzaku: 38.3 x 16 cm. (1518 x 614 in.)
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A full autumn moon shines through a maple branch, as leaves fall down into a cascading waterfall.

The Chinese poem by Hakurakuten (722-846) from the anthology Wakan roeishu, has been translated by Matthi Forrer and Peter Mason in Hiroshige: Prints and Drawings (London, 1997):

It is not so sad that maple leaves fall,
scattered on the moss-covered ground—
it is only sad when the wind gets chilly and rough,
and rain clouds darken the sky.

The title indicates that this series was to comprise twenty-eight designs, however only two are known. The other design from the series depicts a rope bridge spanning a deep gorge, with a crescent moon and waterfall.

A similar impression to the present lot is in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, accession no. P.70.145, go to:

For an example of the other design known of this series in the collection the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET), accession no. JP2836, go to:
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