Otsuma and Hachirobei in the Unagidani Scene of Urami no Samezaya, New Edition, Part 1 - Intriguing image of a mother dressing her young child, looking over her shoulder with a rather worried expression. She grasps the baby's wrist as she slips the arm into a kimono sleeve, the child kicking and waving his legs. The background features a variety of open books, texts for ballad dramas known as "joruri." An unusual 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 - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 15" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.