Fukuiku: Fragrance

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Fukuiku: Fragrance by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Fukuiku: Fragrance

Series; Eastern Customs: Enumerated Blessings

Eastern Customs: Enumerated Blessings - Attractive image from a Chikanobu series published from about 1887 to 1890. These charming scenes illustrate words that include the syllable fuku (or huku), which has many different meanings, but the primary meaning is blessing or good fortune. Women, children, and families are shown in daily life, playing games, enjoying different traditions, and celebrating festivals and events. Beautifully drawn with fine detail and vibrant color, these lovely Chikanobu designs offer a wonderful look at life in Japan during the Meiji era. A rarely seen series and a nice choice for a collector.

Fukuiku: Fragrance - Lovely image of beauties relaxing beneath a blossoming plum tree, enjoying the fragrant white flowers. One sits on a bench, pulling a fringed shawl up over her shoulder. Her companion carries a branch decorated with ornaments for the New Year's holiday, and she wears a black coat over a shaded blue kimono bordered with tiny flowers. Behind them at right, an elderly man drinks a cup of sake, while two men in bowler hats can be seen beyond the tree at left. An attractive design, detailed with soft shading on the sky and burnishing in the black coat.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Small loss at edge, repaired. A few creases, wrinkling and rippling at top edge. Please see photos for details.

Fukuiku: Fragrance by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Fukuiku: Fragrance by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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