Fashionable Life-sized Dolls, 1856

by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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Fashionable Life-sized Dolls, 1856 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Original Kunisada II (1823 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Fashionable Life-sized Dolls, 1856

Comments - Interesting scene of "dolls" that were displayed at Kannon Temple in Asakusa in 1856. The dolls were actually very realistic, life-sized figures (iki-ningyo) dressed in real clothes, set into scenes from history and legend. Here, two matrons style a beauty's hair in a spacious interior. The young woman sits in front of a black lacquer hand mirror on a stand, reaching for a pipe as an attendant combs through her long ponytail. The beauty wears an informal blue and white cotton kimono, pushed down to the waist, with a blue towel draped over her shoulders. Another woman kneels at left holding a wooden hair ornament, with boxes of hairpins on the floor nearby. The man at left watches with a grimace, gesturing with his hand, his skin spotted with perhaps measles. An intriguing subject with wonderful detail in the architectural setting and furnishings.

Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 28 1/8"

Condition - Good detail. Backed with paper. A couple small losses and tears, repaired. A few creases at edges.

Fashionable Life-sized Dolls, 1856 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Fashionable Life-sized Dolls, 1856 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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