Fujisan Tainai Meguri no Zu Woodblock printed triptych by Gountei Sadahide
[Japan] Fascinating woodblock print by Gountei Sadahide (1807-79) of a pilgrimage to the 'womb' of Mount Fuji. Pilgrims would collect and drink water from stalactites in specific caves in the mountain. They thought of it as the 'milk' of the 'mother' mountain, hence Mount Fuji is depicted as though it is a human body with ribs etc. Sadahide also used the name Gyokuransai and his original family name was Hashimoto.
Publisher unidentified. Gountei Sadahide. 1858.
Each panel approx. 35 x 24cm.
In very good condition. Minor age wear and a few small repairs. Slightly trimmed. Unbacked with nice bleedthrough. u35031348