Mirror of the Ages - Published in 1897, Chikanobu's beautiful series "Mirror of the Ages" celebrates the beauty and fashions of women of the past. Each print in this delightful series features a single portrait of a young beauty, always carefully and stylishly made up, wearing the traditional contemporary fashion of her time. In the rectangular inset above the figure, Chikanobu has drawn a scene from the same time period suggesting a place where one might see this young beauty. This wonderful series was printed to the highest quality with fine line work and soft shading, and often with additional embellishments, such as delicate embossing or burnishing. A lovely series and collector's favorite.
The Kan'ei Era (1624 - 1644) - Charming image of a young beauty holding a shamisen, smiling happily as she looks over her shoulder, a plectrum or pick in her other hand. Her hair is pulled back into a looped knot at the back of her head, with a pink sash knotted around her forehead and her bangs falling softly over the sides of her face. Her black kimono features a beautiful burnished checked pattern, and the white collar is delicately embossed. The image above shows a wet nurse out for a stroll with an attendant sheltering her with an umbrella. A lovely design with fine line work in the hair and eyelashes, and a soft pink flush around the eyes.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Horizontal and diagonal folds. Small repair, wrinkling throughout. Please see photos for details.
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