Snail Hall; Hiroshige Japanese Woodblock Print

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Original Hiroshige (1797-1858) Japanese Woodblock print
The Snail Hall at the Temple of the Five Hundred Rakkan
Series; Famous Places in the Eastern Capital

19th Century Figural Prints- The 19th century was a time of great popularity for woodblock prints in Japan. While Hokusai and Hiroshige dominated the landscape print field, artists like Kuniyoshi, Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Kunichika and others were in the forefront of the figural print genre. These stunning prints from the kabuki, daily life, portraits of courtesans and samurai and famous scenes of Japan were hugely popular. New releases by the most famous artists were so anticipated that buyers lined up the morning a print was to be first offered. These beautiful antique prints are treasures from the Edo culture in its most decadent period. From portraits of stunning beauties to scenes of fighting
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