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Two finely illustrated scrolls, with title label on both scrolls "Karaku kakyo ichibo zu" ("Kyoto, the Capital City of Flowers: A Panorama"), measuring 314 x 5775 mm. & 314 x 5765 mm. Ink & color on paper, brocade endpapers
Japan: mid-Edo.Two very handsomely illustrated scrolls, richly heightened in color and gold, of landscape scenes just outside the capital city of Kyoto in the four seasons of the year. The first section of the first scroll depicts temples and shrines from the Fushimi area, just south of Kyoto. The most important scenes include Inari jinja, Zuikoji, Sekihoji, Daigoji, Sanboin, Ogura hasu ike, Kasagiyama Mountain, Kizukawa River, Jonan jinja, Hatsukashi no mori Forest, Anrakujuin, Seiganji, Rokkakudo, Toji, and the Yodo River (with a poem).The second section of the first scroll has scenes of the Uji area including Byodoin, Obaku san, and Hyakujo ishi.The second scroll depicts Shimogamo omiya jinja, Shokokuji, Kamigoryo jinja, Imamiya jinja, Wake ikazuchi miya, Daitokuji, and other scenes from the Ohara area, the northeast side of Kyoto, including the pond Migiwa no ike (with poem), Kuramayama Mountain, Kifune sha, Yashio no oka, Bodai taki waterfall, Kamiyagawa River, Tokiwa no sato village, Kagami ishi, Ebumi no yashiro, Takano gawa River, Yase sekurabe ishi, Himro no sato village, Oomiya no mori Forest, Kamogawa River (which runs right through Kyoto), Sekimon stone gate, Osawaike Pond, and other sights.These scrolls amount to an encyclopedic visualization of the famous natural scenic spots and important monuments including temples and shrines which served as settings for seasonal festivals and other entertainments around Kyoto through the four seasons of the year. The views are painted in vivid and fresh colors and the gold used for drifting clouds and fog in the valleys is unusually rich. In several scenes, cherry and plum trees are in full flower.In fine condition. The backs of each scroll are flecked with silver.
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