The Hour of the Monkey, 1861

by Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)

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The Hour of the Monkey, 1861 by Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)

Original Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Hour of the Monkey, 1861

Series; A Yoshiwara Clock

The Hour of the Monkey, 1861 - Lovely scene of a courtesan and her two young kamuro or child apprentices out for a stroll during the Hour of the Monkey, a two-hour period corresponding to 4 pm to 6 pm. The evening promenade through the Yoshiwara was an important ritual for high-ranking courtesans. Her striking red outer kimono features a crane in flight above a turtle with a long mossy tail, the bird's wings beautifully detailed with delicate embossing. The girls are dressed in matching robes, with clusters of blue flowers atop their heads. A terrific Edo era beauty subject.

Artist - Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)

Image Size - 14 5/8" x 10"

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Diagonal folds, creasing, a few marks. Please see photos for details.

The Hour of the Monkey, 1861 by Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)
The Hour of the Monkey, 1861 by Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)