Geese Descending on Gotenyama
Geese Descending on Gotenyama from the series "Eight Views of the Shiba District in the Capital City"
Edo Period (1600-1868)
9 13/16 x 14 5/16 in. (24.9 x 36.4 cm)
(1797 - 1858)
Full Title:Geese Descending on Gotenyama from the series "Eight Views of the Shiba District in the Capital City"
Medium and Support:
Gift of Dr. James B. Austin
Location: Not currently on view
"Geese Descending on Gotenyama" plays on the classical "Geese Descending on a Sand Bar." The view here is from from Mt. Goten (Gotenyama), overlooking Edo Bay from above the spit of land that can be seen in the far distance in the right of the first print in this series. Gotenyama means "The Shogun's Mountain," so named because the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu (1542-1616), built a mansion (goten) for hunting on this elevation. Cherry-trees from Yoshino near Kyoto were planted here 1661-73, making it a favorite sightseeing spot. More than twenty years later Hiroshige was to recycle this scene in his "Hundred Views of Edo: View North from Mt. Asuka" (Meisho Edo hyakkei: Asukayama kita no chôbô), with one crucial change: rather than Edo Bay here, the later view is of the mountains northeast of the city.