by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
6 mm Watanabe Reprint - This beautiful woodblock was published by the Watanabe Company and bears the important Watanabe round 6 mm seal. These old Watanabe prints are some of the finest woodblock reprints ever done. Watanabe began using the 6 mm seal after World War II ended, and it was in use from 1946 to 1957. These terrific Watanabe reprints are a wonderful way to collect a masterwork from the Edo era at an affordable price.
Comments - Lovely image the Goddess Benzaiten, one of Japan's famous Seven Lucky Gods. The patron of art, music, and literature, she kneels beside a bonsai plum tree, the trunk styled into a kanji character. She wears layers of elegant robes trimmed with ruffles and an ornate headdress with a miniature torii gate, a narrow sash fluttering around her head. Potted plants rest on the shelf, with a money tree covered with gold coins in the center. Lovely color and detail in this charming image meant to usher in good luck and prosperity for the New Year.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Light crease at edge. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.