The Kaei Era (1848 - 1854)

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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The Kaei Era (1848 - 1854) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Kaei Era (1848 - 1854)

Series; Mirror of the Ages

Mirror of the Ages - Published in 1897, Chikanobu's beautiful series "Mirror of the Ages" celebrates the beauty and fashions of women of the past. Each print in this delightful series features a single portrait of a young beauty, always carefully and stylishly made up, wearing the traditional contemporary fashion of her time. In the rectangular inset above the figure, Chikanobu has drawn a scene from the same time period suggesting a place where one might see this young beauty. This wonderful series was printed to the highest quality with fine line work and soft shading, and often with additional embellishments, such as delicate embossing or burnishing. A lovely series and collector's favorite.

The Kaei Era (1848 - 1854) - Beautiful design of a young beauty wearing a striped kimono in dark shades. She looks forward with a slight smile, her open mouth revealed the tip of her tongue. She has one hand tucked inside her under robe. Her hair is arranged high on her head, held in place with a comb and decorative hairpin and tied with a cord. Beautiful detail in the delicate hairline and expression. The inset above shows two merchants walking past a traditional New Year's Day decoration of pine and bamboo. A charming portrait.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Horizontal centerfold, vertical fold at right, folds at corners. Small repair, a couple creases at edges.

The Kaei Era (1848 - 1854) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
The Kaei Era (1848 - 1854) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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