Popular Otsu-e Paintings for the Times: A Long-Awaited Rarity, circa 1848

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Popular Otsu-e Paintings for the Times: A Long-Awaited Rarity, circa 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Popular Otsu-e Paintings for the Times: A Long-Awaited Rarity, circa 1848

Comments - Fantastic depiction of the artist Ukiyo Matabei's Otsu-e characters coming to life. Otsu-e are traditional folk paintings originally sold to travelers during the Edo era in Otsu on Lake Biwa near Kyoto, featuring easily recognizable figures. In a comic touch, Kuniyoshi has used portraits of famous actors as the figures. At lower right, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII appears as the warrior monk Benkei carrying the bell of Miidera Temple. From upper left to right, Seki Sanjuro III is a blind man, Onoe Kikugoro IV is the Wisteria Maiden, and Nakayama Bungoro II is a servant carrying an enormous gourd bottle of sake. An amusing image.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14" x 9 3/4" + top margin as shown

Condition - Good detail. A few wormholes, repaired. Creasing throughout.

Popular Otsu-e Paintings for the Times: A Long-Awaited Rarity, circa 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Popular Otsu-e Paintings for the Times: A Long-Awaited Rarity, circa 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)