The Kanbun Era (1661 - 1673)

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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The Kanbun Era (1661 - 1673) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Kanbun Era (1661 - 1673)

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 Kanbun Era (1661 - 1673) - Lovely depiction of a beauty from the Kanbun Era carrying a tea bowl wrapped in purple silk. She smiles happily, showing off her even white teeth. She wears a lavender kimono patterned with colorful flowers and tie-dyed motifs, the white collar embossed with a fine geometric pattern. The inset above shows a woman carrying a lantern, pausing to look at a pair of dogs under a willow tree. A beautiful portrait with incredibly delicate line work in the hair and soft pink shading around the eyes.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Horizontal centerfold. A few creases at edges, light crease on cheek.

The Kanbun Era (1661 - 1673) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
The Kanbun Era (1661 - 1673) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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