Japanese woodblock print, kuchi-e (with the two typical vertical folds). A woman sits in front of her writing desk and looks in the mirror. Behind this image sit two demons (a green and a red one) with a kanebo and watch her. Red seal: Toshikata.
8.9 x 11.8 inches (22.5 x 30 cm).
Very good impression with black lacquer in the hair, browned, brown spots on left side, creases at the margins, three small holes right underneath spotting, backing paper residue on back.
Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908). This is the frontispiece from the magazine Bungei Kurabu that was published during the Meiji and Taisho eras, predominantly for women. Allegedly it is titled “Kyori no bijin (Beauty in home village)”, and published in vol. 6, no. 6.