Comments - Beautiful design of a young woman playing an unusual two-stringed instrument similar to a koto called a nigenkin. This rare instrument is only found in the Asakusa area of Tokyo, and became popular in the early Meiji era. The beauty kneels on the floor at right, gracefully moving a slide along the strings. In the center, a young child reaches eagerly for the visitor standing on a stepping stone in the garden. She holds her hands out in welcome as she waits under a blossoming cherry tree. A beautiful setting both inside and out, with a scroll on the wall depicting a carp and an elegant vase with an arrangement of blossoming roses. Beautifully detailed and colored. An intriguing subject for a collector interested in musical instruments.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 27 5/8"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with somewhat stiff paper. A couple small repairs, vertical folds between panels, vertical crease in center panel. Please see photos for details.