Bando Shuka I as Shiraito of the Hashimotoya, 1852

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Bando Shuka I as Shiraito of the Hashimotoya, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Bando Shuka I as Shiraito of the Hashimotoya, 1852

Comments - Attractive kabuki portrait of Bando Shuka I as the courtesan Shiraito of the Hashimotoya in the play "Sumidagawa Tsui no Kagamon." She grins as she pushes up the sleeve of her kimono, a tattoo just visible beneath the edge of the sleeve. Her hair is pulled back into a low knot held in place with a comb, a few loose wisps framing her face. A shelf behind her holds an assortment of blue and white ceramic containers, boxes, and tissues. Nicely detailed with fine line work in the hair.

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 - 7 7/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.

Bando Shuka I as Shiraito of the Hashimotoya, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Bando Shuka I as Shiraito of the Hashimotoya, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)