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Kusatsu by Fujikawa Tamenobu (active circa 1890s)

Original Fujikawa Tamenobu (active circa 1890s) Japanese Woodblock Print

Series; The Shank's Mare Tokaido, 1918

The Shank's Mare Tokaido - Jippensha Ikku's famous novel "Tokaidochu Hizakurige" or "Shank's Mare Tokaido" chronicles the comic adventures of his two heroes, Yajirobei and Kitahachi, as they make their way from Tokyo to Kyoto along the famed Tokaido road in the early 19th century. The two country yokels Yaji and Kita experience a range of humorous mishaps as they travel from one station to the next. The phrase "shank's mare" refers to traveling on foot rather than on horseback. These prints are beautifully detailed and colored, with attractive settings reminiscent of Hiroshige's designs. These charming woodblocks are from the original 1918 release of Tamenobu's "Shank's Mare Tokaido."

Artist - Fujikawa Tamenobu (active circa 1890s)

Image Size - 8 5/8" x 13" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from original publisher mounting. Small tear and thinning spot at edges, repaired. Slight toning, slight soiling at edges, rippling, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.

Kusatsu by Fujikawa Tamenobu (active circa 1890s)
Kusatsu by Fujikawa Tamenobu (active circa 1890s)

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