Modern Select Dolls - Kuniyoshi's "Modern Select Dolls" series was based on a group of "dolls" on display at Kannon Temple in Asakusa. The dolls were actually very realistic, life-sized figures (iki-ningyo) dressed in real clothes, set into scenes from history and legend. These interesting and unusual Kuniyoshi designs are rarely seen. This image comes from the story of the sennin or immortal Kume and a washerwoman. Kume had the ability to fly, and according to legend, he spotted a young woman doing laundry in the river as he flew over Yoshino one day. Overcome with passion at the sight of her beautiful white legs, his powers failed him and he tumbled to the ground at her feet. She soon became his wife. Here, the beauty falls backwards throwing out her hands in an effort to catch herself. An interesting and unusual subject.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight soiling at edges, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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