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Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912

The Meiji Era marked the end of the feudal system under the shoguns with the restoration of the Emperor to power. The Tokugawa Shogunate ended in 1868, and Prince Mutsuhito became the first Emperor of the Meiji era. The new political system abolished the samurai class, and Japan underwent rapid modernization, embracing Western technology, governance, and social structure.

These changes affected the art of woodblock prints as well. The introduction of new imported synthetic and aniline dyes produced the bright reds and purples common to Meiji era prints. Subject matter also reflected the changing culture, with prints depicting modern stone buildings or new technology such as trains or telephone wires. Other designs reflect the incorporation of Western fashions into society, with accessories such umbrellas, hats, canes, and shoes showing the modernity of the wearer. Some artists also showed a greater interest in Western art techniques such as perspective and shading, elements not seen in earlier Japanese woodblocks.

While kabuki and beauty prints remained popular, contemporary subject matter also included senso-e or (war pictures), most often of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877 and the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 -1895. Famous artists of the Meiji era include Yoshitoshi, Kunichika, and Chikanobu. Vibrant color and attention to detail characterize the the woodblocks of the Meiji era.

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Shin Yoshiwara Kyomachi Restaurant Kaneko Kuni, Beauty Writing with a Brush, and Eitai Bridge Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Shin Yoshiwara Kyomachi Restaurant Kaneko Kuni, Beauty Writing with a Brush, and Eitai Bridge Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 19h 2m154950
Ataka Matsu Sushi, Beauty in a Doorway, and Shinkawa Sake Shop Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ataka Matsu Sushi, Beauty in a Doorway, and Shinkawa Sake Shop Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 19h 1m154890
Restaurant, Beauty in a Green Kimono, and Horikiri Iris Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Restaurant, Beauty in a Green Kimono, and Horikiri Iris Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 19h 0m154830
Matsudaya Shop, Smiling Beauty, and Ryogoku Bridge Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Matsudaya Shop, Smiling Beauty, and Ryogoku Bridge Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 59m154770
Drug Store of Hirao Sampei, the Beauty Susu, and Evening Shower Stripes Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Drug Store of Hirao Sampei, the Beauty Susu, and Evening Shower Stripes Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 58m154710
Tea Implement Shop, Beauty Playing Koto, and Mokuboji Temple Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Tea Implement Shop, Beauty Playing Koto, and Mokuboji Temple Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 57m154650
Cosmetics Wholesaler Tanaka Kao-do, Beauty in a Violet Kimono, and Fudo Meguro Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Cosmetics Wholesaler Tanaka Kao-do, Beauty in a Violet Kimono, and Fudo Meguro Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 56m154590
Fish at Ueda Shinbei, Beauty with a Plum Branch, and Yushima Tenjin Shrine Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Fish at Ueda Shinbei, Beauty with a Plum Branch, and Yushima Tenjin Shrine Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 55m154530
Fujimura Pastry Shop, Beauty Tucking Her Hand into her Obi, and Ochanomizu Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Fujimura Pastry Shop, Beauty Tucking Her Hand into her Obi, and Ochanomizu Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 54m154470
Umbrellas and Footwear, Actress Kumehachi Morizumi, and Niju Bridge Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Umbrellas and Footwear, Actress Kumehachi Morizumi, and Niju Bridge Textile Pattern
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 53m154410
The Golden Pavilion, 1897 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
The Golden Pavilion, 1897
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Rarely seen Chikanobu series, beautifully detailed
Bid: $415.00
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Buy: $505.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 44m153870
Moon Viewing over Sarashina Rice Fields by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Moon Viewing over Sarashina Rice Fields
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Bid: $390.00
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Buy: $480.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 43m153810
Shirotae of the Tagoya and her Kamuro Katsura, 1870 by Yoshiiiku (1833 - 1904)
Shirotae of the Tagoya and her Kamuro Katsura, 1870
Yoshiiiku (1833 - 1904)
Bid: $75.00
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Buy: $115.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 42m153750
Ogiya Restaurant at Oji by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ogiya Restaurant at Oji
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $55.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 1d 18h 41m153690
Yaozen Restaurant in Ueno by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Yaozen Restaurant in Ueno
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $55.00
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Buy: $75.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 40m153630
Jusenro Restaurant at Asahiro by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Jusenro Restaurant at Asahiro
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $55.00
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Buy: $75.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 39m153570
Distant View of Mansei Bridge, 1878 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Distant View of Mansei Bridge, 1878
Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Bid: $55.00
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Buy: $75.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 38m153510
Distraught Beauty by Meiji era artist (not read)
Distraught Beauty
Meiji era artist (not read)
Bid: $55.00
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Buy: $75.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 37m153450
Kabuki Actors Group Portrait, 1882 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Kabuki Actors Group Portrait, 1882
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $130.00
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Buy: $180.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 36m153390
Beauty in Early Spring by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Beauty in Early Spring
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Bid: $60.00
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Buy: $90.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 25m152730
Beauties on a Balcony by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Beauties on a Balcony
Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Bid: $60.00
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Buy: $90.00
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Ends: 1d 18h 24m152670
The Phoenix Carriage Leaving Nishi-no-maru of the Imperial Palace to Attend a Military Review at Aoyama, 1892 by Nobukazu (1847 - 1899)
The Phoenix Carriage Leaving Nishi-no-maru of the Imperial Palace to Attend a Military Review at Aoyama, 1892
Nobukazu (1847 - 1899)
Bid: $40.00
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Buy: $60.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 23m152610
Ceremony of the Issuance of the Constitution, 1889 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Ceremony of the Issuance of the Constitution, 1889
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Bid: $40.00
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Buy: $60.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 22m152550
Famous Places in Tokyo: Gofuku Bridge, 1868 by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Famous Places in Tokyo: Gofuku Bridge, 1868
Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Bid: $55.00
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Buy: $75.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 21m152490
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Ono Tofu by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Ono Tofu
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Outstanding Kunichika series, deluxe printing
Bid: $160.00
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Buy: $210.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 19m152370
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Saimyoji Tokiyori by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Saimyoji Tokiyori
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Outstanding Kunichika series, deluxe printing
Bid: $160.00
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Buy: $210.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 18m152310
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Yamauba by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Yamauba
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Outstanding Kunichika series, deluxe printing
Bid: $160.00
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Buy: $210.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 17m152250
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Shinonome by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Shinonome
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Outstanding Kunichika series, deluxe printing
Bid: $130.00
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Buy: $180.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 16m152190
Ichikawa Danjuro IX in Futari Bakama by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX in Futari Bakama
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Outstanding Kunichika series, deluxe printing
Bid: $130.00
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Buy: $180.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 15m152130
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Akushichibyoe Kagekiyo by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Akushichibyoe Kagekiyo
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Outstanding Kunichika series, deluxe printing
Bid: $130.00
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Buy: $180.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 1d 18h 14m152070
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Teraoka Heiemon by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Teraoka Heiemon
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Outstanding Kunichika series, deluxe printing
$155.00
$124.97
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Riding the Famous Hot-Air Balloon, 1891 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Riding the Famous Hot-Air Balloon, 1891
Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $48.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 3
Ends: 20h 18m73110
Tattooed Suikoden Heroes Battling, 1886 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Tattooed Suikoden Heroes Battling, 1886
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $91.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 7
Ends: 20h 17m73050
Endo Musha Morito with the Severed Head of Kesa Gozen by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Endo Musha Morito with the Severed Head of Kesa Gozen
Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 20h 15m72930
Fujiwara no Hidesato Rescuing the Dragon Princess at Seta Bridge by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)
Fujiwara no Hidesato Rescuing the Dragon Princess at Seta Bridge
Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $73.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 4
Ends: 20h 13m72810
The Moon's Four Strings by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
The Moon's Four Strings
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $142.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 5
Ends: 20h 12m72750
The Gift of Cups for the Generals by Sadanobu II (1848 - 1940)
The Gift of Cups for the Generals
Sadanobu II (1848 - 1940)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $33.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 3
Ends: 20h 11m72690
Swordfight in an Interior, 1892 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Swordfight in an Interior, 1892
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $73.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 8
Ends: 19h 55m71730
Inazuma of Inagi-ro and Geisha of Nakanacho, 1883 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Inazuma of Inagi-ro and Geisha of Nakanacho, 1883
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 19h 52m71550
Night Battle during the Sino-Japanese War, 1894 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Night Battle during the Sino-Japanese War, 1894
Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Bid: $205.00
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Buy: $255.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 33m70410
Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894
Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Bid: $230.00
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Buy: $280.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 31m70290
After the Fall of Weihaiwei, the Commander of the Chinese Beiyang Fleet, Admiral Ding Ruchang, Surrenders, 1895 by Toshihide (1863 - 1925)
After the Fall of Weihaiwei, the Commander of the Chinese Beiyang Fleet, Admiral Ding Ruchang, Surrenders, 1895
Toshihide (1863 - 1925)
Bid: $230.00
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Buy: $280.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 30m70230
Land and Sea Attack on Weihaiwei, 1895 by Toshiaki (1864 - 1921)
Land and Sea Attack on Weihaiwei, 1895
Toshiaki (1864 - 1921)
Bid: $205.00
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Buy: $255.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 29m70170
First Sino-Japanese War: The Late General Odera Yasuzumi, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
First Sino-Japanese War: The Late General Odera Yasuzumi, 1895
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Bid: $230.00
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Buy: $280.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 28m70110
Attack at Haicheng, 1895 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Attack at Haicheng, 1895
Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Bid: $200.00
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Buy: $250.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 27m70050
Battle of Our Army at Weihaiwei, 1895 by Toshiaki (1864 - 1921)
Battle of Our Army at Weihaiwei, 1895
Toshiaki (1864 - 1921)
Bid: $235.00
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Buy: $285.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 26m69990
Chinese and Japanese Troops in a Great Battle at Gaiping, 1895 by Nakagawa (active circa 1895)
Chinese and Japanese Troops in a Great Battle at Gaiping, 1895
Nakagawa (active circa 1895)
Bid: $200.00
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Buy: $250.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 25m69930
The Fierce Battle at Newchang Castle by Ikuhide (active 1885 - 1898)
The Fierce Battle at Newchang Castle
Ikuhide (active 1885 - 1898)
Bid: $170.00
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Buy: $240.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 24m69870
Hiratsuka: Ichikawa Kuzo II as Obiya Choemon, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Hiratsuka: Ichikawa Kuzo II as Obiya Choemon, 1867
Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
Bid: $125.00
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Buy: $175.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 11m69090
Oiso: Otani Tomoemon V as Kajiwara Genta, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Oiso: Otani Tomoemon V as Kajiwara Genta, 1867
Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
Bid: $125.00
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Buy: $175.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 19h 10m69030

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