The Great Tengu Does Calligraphy; A Nose-pulling Contest with an Elephant

by Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

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The Great Tengu Does Calligraphy; A Nose-pulling Contest with an Elephant by Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

Original Kyosai (1831 - 1889) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Great Tengu Does Calligraphy; A Nose-pulling Contest with an Elephant

Series; One Hundred Pictures by Kyosai, 1862 - 1866

Yokohama-e - Yokohama-e are prints depicting foreigners in Yokohama after Japan was opened to trade with the West the 1850s. Previously, Japan had been closed to international trade with only a few strict exceptions, leading to curiosity among the Japanese about the new foreign arrivals and their strange clothing and customs. Many Yokohama-e designs featured people from the "Five Nations," the five countries that signed trade treaties with Japan in 1858: America, England, the Netherlands, Russia, and France. Others were fanciful depictions of foreign cities, often based on Western illustrations rather than direct observation. These prints proved popular, with hundreds of Yokohama-e published between 1859 and about 1880. These wonderful images provide a great look at this historic time period, using the traditional art form of Japanese woodblock prints to record a new subject.

One Hundred Pictures by Kyosai - Terrific print from Kyosai's comic series "One Hundred Pictures by Kyosai." These amusing views illustrate humorous mishaps and incidents, poking fun at everyday life or imagining encounters with supernatural creatures. Several subjects feature animals in the guise of humans, such as birds dressed in kimono or foxes taunting men. A student of Kuniyoshi, Kyosai was known as a master of comic and satiric designs. Finely drawn with a realistic attention to detail, these prints would make an unusual and interesting addition to any woodblock collection. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has many images from this series in its collection.

Artist - Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

Image Size - 6 1/2" x 4 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning, soiling, and wrinkling, rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.

The Great Tengu Does Calligraphy; A Nose-pulling Contest with an Elephant by Kyosai (1831 - 1889)
The Great Tengu Does Calligraphy; A Nose-pulling Contest with an Elephant by Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

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