Emperor Takekura's Servants

by Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)

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Emperor Takekura's Servants by Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)

Original Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889) Japanese Woodblock Print
Emperor Takekura's Servants

Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)

Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders.

Emperor Takekura's Servants - Interesting scene of the Emperor Takekura's servants gathered around a small bonfire in the garden, a pot hanging from a tripod over the fire and smoke billowing skywards. The men sit quietly under a maple tree covered with colorful autumn foliage, leaves falling through the sky and dotting the ground. Nice shading on the background, and faint cloth embossing on the white robes.

Artist - Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Light toning. Some prints have a couple small spots. Please see photos for details.

Emperor Takekura's Servants by Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)
Emperor Takekura's Servants by Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)

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