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Japanese Woodblock Print - Chikanobu Mirror of the Ages

Japanese Woodblock Print - Chikanobu Mirror of the Ages


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1900: Item # 899017
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Japanese Meiji Period "okubi-e" (literally "big head") woodblock print depicting a beauty from the Anei Era (1772-1781) from the series "Mirror of the Ages" ("Jidai Kagami") by Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912) published by Matsuki Heikichi in 1896. The inset scene at the top shows a mirror polisher at work. The Anei Era was in the middle of the Edo period under the Shogunate of Ieharu. This series depicts beauties representing various eras from the 16th to 20th centuries. The upper portion of each print in the series features a scene illustrating the customs and manners of each specific time period. This series is described and illustrated on pages 188-191 of "Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints" by Bruce Coats, Scripps College and Hotei Publishing, 2006. The series is also described and illustrated in color on pages 80-82 of "The New Wave" by Amy Reigle Stephens, Bamboo Publishing, London, 1993. Vertical oban print measuring 14 1/4"V x 9 1/4"H. Very good overall condition. This print was mounted in an album and retains the original mulberry paper backing. The color is excellent. It has never been framed or exposed to sunlight. Very good impression quality with finely detailed hair and embossed highlights to the collar. The print is positioned low on the paper and has a large top margin and small bottom margin. The album backing is slightly browned. There is a small, faint discolored area above the hair comb to the right of the hair section.