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Beauty Playing a Biwa Advertising Blank by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Item Number: 804254

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 804254
 
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Beauty Playing a Biwa Advertising Blank by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Playing a Biwa Advertising Blank

Japanese Advertising Prints - Known as hikifuda, advertising handbills or circulars became popular in Japan beginning in the Edo era. Colorful, decorative designs with were printed with large blank areas for the merchant to add his store name and other information. While some featured specific products, most depicted beauties or Japan's famous Seven Lucky Gods and other auspicious imagery. Posters called ebira were pasted up at crossroads or in other busy locations. Ebira were also distributed to announce shop openings or as New Year's greetings. Favorite subjects for holiday ebira included the gods Daikoku and Ebisu with gold coins to ensure good fortune in the coming year. The Meiji-era advertising prints in this group come from a publisher's sample book, with a stock number on the reverse and binding holes at one side. An intriguing area of Japanese prints, hikufuda are fun and unusual items to collect.

Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 9 3/4" x 14 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Binding holes at side. A few tears at edges. Toning, slight soiling, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.


Beauty Playing a Biwa Advertising Blank by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Beauty Playing a Biwa Advertising Blank by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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