Ishu Kankokai - The publisher Ishu Kankokai of Tokyo is best known for its commemorative edition prints of shin-hanga beauties by Torii Kotondo and Hashiguchi Goyo, but they also did fine quality reprints in the 1980s of classic ukiyo-e works by masters such as Hokusai and Utamaro.
Mitsuhana of the Obishiya, Kamuro Kikushi and Kikuno - Charming design of the slender beauty Mitsuhana of the Obishiya playing the koto, the instrument placed across her lap. Her black kimono is bordered with a white floral print and trimmed in purple, worn over an intricately patterned tie-dyed red robe. Her hair is pulled back into a sleek bun, adorned with many hairpins, a comb, and a purple ribbon. Although Mitsuhana's kamuro or child apprentices are mentioned by name in the text block, they are not shown in the image. A lovely portrait, beautifully drawn and colored.
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 - Eishi (1756 - 1829)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple small marks. Please see photos for details. Good overall.