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210122-0032-OS - Japanese Bear Hunters


Ishikawa Meiji 1870s Utagawa Hiroshige III

Woodblock print of bear hunting in western Ishikawa Prefecture. Bears were hunted for their meat, hides and gall bladders, which were used in traditional medicine.

Original title: Bear hunting for gall in Kashu (加州熊并ニ膽ヲ取ル図) from the series Products of Greater Japan (大日本物産圖會, Dai Nippon Bussan Zue) by Utagawa Hiroshige III (三代目 歌川広重, 1842?-1894). Published in Tokyo by Okura Magobei (大倉孫兵衛) in 1877 (Meiji 10).

Kashu is another name for Kaga Province.

The series was published just before the opening of the First National Industrial Exposition (第1回内国勧業博覧会) in Tokyo’s Ueno Park on August 21, 1877.

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