New Year Gate Pines with Young Needles of Intense Color, Good Fortune at the Beginning of the Year, 1859

by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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New Year Gate Pines with Young Needles of Intense Color, Good Fortune at the Beginning of the Year, 1859 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Original Kunisada II (1823 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
New Year Gate Pines with Young Needles of Intense Color, Good Fortune at the Beginning of the Year, 1859

Comments - Interesting kabuki scene of actors offstage making New Year visits accompanied by attendants. Kawarazaki Gonjuro Iappears at right, vowing in greeting as he encounters Ichikawa Kodanji IV at left. Two of the attendants carry burnished black lacquer chests over their shoulders. The "gate pines" of the title, "kadomatsu" in Japanese, refers to the traditional displays of pine and bamboo placed in pairs at entrances to celebrate the holiday. A great depiction of this annual custom, wonderfully detailed.

Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Image Size - 14 1/2" x 19 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. A couple small holes, slight thinning at edge, repaired. A few creases. Please see photos for details.

New Year Gate Pines with Young Needles of Intense Color, Good Fortune at the Beginning of the Year, 1859 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
New Year Gate Pines with Young Needles of Intense Color, Good Fortune at the Beginning of the Year, 1859 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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