Woodblock Prints Title: The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaidô Road (Kisoji no oku Amida-ga-taki)
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 前北斎為一筆
3 originals from different sources:
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW5a
1/Enji Takamizawa's Replica 1918
Enji Takamizawa's replicas are near perfect, and designed to deceive collectors and experts. The key blocks are very similar to the original, the paper used has the same thickness and consistency, even the hues and pigments are from the 19th century. Many museums still carry his replicas and have them listed as originals. All the replicas from this series were made based on "trimmed" originals, so Takamizawa had to "re-create" the missing edges. If it wasn't for that mistake, the set could easily pass for a second state. Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison.
1/ Vertical lines missing in replica
2/ Bushes are full all the way to the margin in replica.
A quick way to distinguish the difference between the original and the near perfect replica is by looking at the right side (If the print is not trimmed). The replica does not have the vertical lines near the edge. See Picture below :
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW5b
2/ Adachi's replica 1950's
Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original 1st state for comparison.
1/ Straight line from black line to margin, as opposed to curve in the original
2/ Strong line in th ereplica. The original has lines similars to the ones from the river
3/ Bushes goes all the way to the margin in replica
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW5d
3/ Oedo Mokuhansha's replica 1960's
Published by Kaiseisha / Oedo mokuhansha; Carved by Torazo Matsuda, Printed by Isamu Nakai.Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original 1st state for comparison.
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW5c