Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Asahiya Widow
Series; Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets
Adachi Limited Edition Beauties - In 1967, the venerable Adachi Publisher of Tokyo released a limited edition series of 25 classic ukiyo-e beauty subjects. These beautiful reprints feature masterworks by Utamaro, Kiyonaga, Eisho, and others, including some subjects seldom seen in reprint. Printed with fine line work and attractive color, some designs feature deluxe treatments such as embossing or shimmering mica. Limited to 500 sets, each print is numbered on the reverse with a special Adachi publisher's seal. A wonderful opportunity to collect a lovely bijin reprint from a great limited edition release.
The Asahiya Widow - Wonderful Utamaro portrait of a young beauty drying the side of her face with a towel after a bath. Her shaved eyebrows and hairstyle indicate that she is a widow. She wears a gray cotton kimono with a tie-dyed seashell pattern, tied with a green obi. The inset at top left features a go board as part of a picture puzzle sounding like the beauty's name. A classic image from the golden age of Japanese woodblocks, with fine detail in the hairline.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.