First Sale of Tokyo Beer

by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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First Sale of Tokyo Beer by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
First Sale of Tokyo Beer

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First Sale of Tokyo Beer - Intriguing scene of actors offstage welcoming during the first sale of Tokyo beer, with large barrels stacked at upper right. At bottom right, two men wear Western bowler hats and traditional kimono and pants. At top center, a man sits atop a stack of crates, posing as the Lucky God Ebisu with a fishing pole over his shoulder and a fan with a red snapper on it under his arm. At upper left, an actor wears a strange rooster headdress, while below, another fellow wears a green fez with a red tassel. Traditional New Year's day displays of pine and bamboo flank the room at top. We are not sure if the title refers to the first time beer was sold or perhaps brewed in Tokyo, or just the first beer sold in the New Year. Either way, a fascinating design with quirky details. Includes burnishing on the black coat.

Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Image Size - 14" x 27 3/4"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Ink bleeding and staining, slight curling. Please see photos for details.

First Sale of Tokyo Beer by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
First Sale of Tokyo Beer by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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