The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami

The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami
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Woodblock Prints Title: The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province (Shimotsuke Kurokamiyama Kirifuri no taki)

Publication: 1832

Size: Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 26 cm (14 1/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô)

Signature: Saki no Hokusai Aratame Hitsu

Notes: All the prints from the series have 2 original states. The first edition was made by Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô), the second edition was made by his grandson a few years after he took over the business in the mid / late 1840's. The original set of blocks were most likely worn by age, or usage. A new set of blocks was carved for this second edition.

Original: 1st State

2 originals from different sources:

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1

2nd State

3 originals from different sources:

An easy way to distinguish the difference between the first and second state is by the river heading directly toward the bottom margin of the print. See Pictures below :

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1a

Other Versions:

1/Enji Takamizawa's replica late 1890's

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original 1st state for comparison.

1/ Portion of the print is trimmed almost 1.5cm ( 1/2"), very visible on the left side of the print.
2/ The 4 Lines inside the wave are in contact with both sides of the wave, instead of being in contact with the left side only
3/ The block lines should be open to the grass area, and are closed in Takamizawa's version.

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1b

2/ Adachi's replica mid 1930's

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original 1st state for comparison.

1/ The 4 Lines inside the wave are in contact with both sides of the wave, instead of being in contact with the left side only
2/ The 2 Green "bush" sections are separated instead of being in contact. (These 2 features are similar to the 2nd state, but different from the 1st state)

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1c

3/ Mokuhansha Takamizawa's replica late 1950's

No comparative images and description, the differences are obvious :)



Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1d