Beauty Tying Her Obi

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Beauty Tying Her Obi by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Tying Her Obi

Series; Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies, 1869

Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies - Attractive half-length portrait from Kunichika's early beauty series "Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies." The number thirty-two in the title is a playful reference to the thirty-two notable features of Buddha. Each design shows a contemporary beauty in a scene from daily life, reading, enjoying a boat ride, or relaxing. These images are beautifully detailed with extremely fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading in the background. Some feature deluxe publishing techniques such as embossing or burnishing. A rarely seen Kunichika bijin series from early in his career.

Beauty Tying Her Obi - Handsome portrait of a beauty tying her obi, bring the ends of the brown brocade fabric around to the front as she holds a narrow blue sash between her teeth. She leans forward with a smile as she works, her hair pulled back into a smooth bun adorned with a comb, a few hairpins, and a white ribbon. Beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair, embossing on the blue sash and white kimono collar, and soft shading in the background. A rarely seen Kunichika beauty series.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 1/2" + left margin as shown

Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Small loss and thinning at edge, a few holes, repaired. Wrinkling throughout. Please see photos for details.

Beauty Tying Her Obi by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Beauty Tying Her Obi by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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