Sugawara Michizane

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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Sugawara Michizane by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sugawara Michizane

Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)

Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders.

Sugawara Michizane - Handsome portrait of the ninth-century scholar and calligrapher Sugawara no Michizane. He is shown under a maple tree as tiny leaves fall down around him, holding a haraigushi, a wand of folded bundles of paper used in Shinto purification rites. He wears formal court robe and a tall black cap, leaning forward with an intent expression. An attractive design with soft color and shading, detailed with embossing n the white kimono collar.

Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 1/4"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. Light vertical fold at side.

Sugawara Michizane by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Sugawara Michizane by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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