47 Ronin, Act 8: The Bridal Journey (Michiyuki) - Wonderful scene of the bridal journey from Act 8 of the "Kanadehon Chushingura," the tale based on famous 47 ronin. Here, the lovely young Konami and her mother, Tonase, pause for a moment during their journey to Yuranosuke's estate near Kyoto. The young beauty wears a plaid kimono and carries a woven hat. Her mother's hat is fastened around her chin with narrow pink ties, and she wears a violet kimono over red and pink under robes, tied with a green brocade obi. A subject 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 - 14 7/8" x 10 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some faint soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.