Twenty-four Favorites of Enlightenment - Handsome design from a rarely seen Kunichika series pairing kabuki portraits with small scenes extolling modern inventions or modernized activities from the Meiji era, the "Enlightenment" of the title. These examples include rickshaws, streetlights, telegraph lines, steamships, and horse-drawn carriages. The figures are beautifully drawn and detailed with lively color, set off by a deep red background framed by a yellow border featuring confetti-like shapes. Some images includes deluxe publishing techniques such as burnishing and embossing. The series title is sometimes translated as "Twenty-four Favorites of New Civilization" or "Twenty-four Favorites of the Meiji Restoration." An interesting and unusual series.
Special detail - Burnishing on the black obi and the black areas of the kimono, faint embossing on the white hat.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 9 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few wormholes, repaired. A few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.
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