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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 # 899097
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Japanese Meiji Period "okubi-e" (literally "big head") woodblock print depicting a modestly dressed woman from the Horeki Era (1751-1763) from the series "Mirror of the Ages" ("Jidai Kagami") by Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912) published by Matsuki Heikichi in 1896. The upper inset portion of this print illustrates the facade of the Nakamuraza Kabuki theater in Edo. This series features bust portraits of beauties representing various eras from the 16th to 20th centuries. This image is described and illustrated on page 190 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 the mulberry paper backing is retained. The color is excellent. It has never been framed or exposed to sunlight. Very good impression quality and mica highlights to the collar. The print is positioned low and to the right on the paper, so it has a large top and left margin and small bottom and right margin. The signature at the right margin is somewhat trimmed. There is a tiny bit of wormage at the bottom right margin corner and there is a small bubble in the paper to the left of her face.