Beauty Playing with a Cat, 1893 - Charming portrait of a kneeling beauty, smiling happily as she dangles a cord in front of her cat, who eyes it curiously with one paw lifted. The folding screen behind her depicts a seascape with a narrow spit of land leading to an island and gulls overhead. Behind her at right, a blue vase holds an elegant floral arrangement with curving branches dotted with buds. At upper right, an alcove displays a scroll of the Seven Lucky Gods above a kagami mochi or mirror rice cake for the New Year. The kagami mochi is used as a holiday decoration, then broken open and eaten in a traditional Shinto rite in January. A lovely, large format design, beautifully detailed with embossed woodgrain on the lute.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 16 1/4" x 10 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Horizontal and vertical folds. A few small repairs, slight creasing. Please see photos for details.
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