Hanaogi of the Ogiya - Lovely portrait of the beautiful courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya, looking over her shoulder as she delicately adjusts a hairpin, a slender pipe in her other hand. She wears an intricately patterned purple kimono with a design of folding fans and blossoms, tied with a solid black obi. A beautiful design, rarely seen in reprint.
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 - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.