Seated Courtesan - Terrific image of a courtesan seated on a bench, reclining against a shoji screen. Her hair is piled high on her head, held in place with wooden combs and ornaments, and she wears a red kimono patterned with turtles and bordered with a black floral fabric. The inset shows a garden with a flowering cherry tree. A lovely print with rich color and fine detail.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Eisen (1790 - 1848)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.