Moon and Smoke (Enchû no tsuki)
Date: 2/1886 (Meiji 19)
Fires were a common occurrence in Edo, and the flames were known as Edo no hana, “Flowers of Edo.” Unlike other fire prints, the firemen in this print are motionless. In contrast the smoke and flames are roaring and covering the sight of the moon. The static fireman and his colleague next to him in the foreground grasp their standard, a matoi. The fireman opposite in silhouette has a different standard, belonging to other group. The hand-applied splattering effect of the ash is different in every impression.
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: ôban vertical
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Sealed: Taiso; Engraver:Yamamoto
Inventory Number: YOT624