48  Sakanoshita "Mount Fudesute"

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There is an anecdote told of Mount Fudesute, the title of this print. It says that Kano Motonobu (1476-1559), a celebrated Muromachi Period painter, tried to paint Mount Fudesute, but he threw his brush away because it was utterly beyond portrayal; hence the name of the mountain "Fudesute," meaning throwing away the brush. Hiroshige skillfully depicts this mountain with travelers admiring it from a teahouse at the pass, and a farmer and his son leading an ox close by. Also depicted are strangely shaped overlapping rocks and old pine trees, two waterfalls, a sea of clouds indicating the great depth of the gorge and background peaks, all of which combine to enhance the rare beauty of Mount Fudesute.