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 Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) - Lovely portrait of a beauty from the Meiji Era, her hair combed back sleekly to fall straight down her back. Her lips are a rosy pink and her ear is delicately shaded with pale pink. She wears a soft lavender kimono patterned with silvery gray leaves and blossoms, the white collar finely embossed with a geometric pattern. The inset above shows the Nijubashi Bridge leading to the Imperial Palace in the background. A handsome Chikanobu beauty design, beautifully detailed with fine line work.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and good detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Small spot. Please see photos for details.
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