Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Preparing to Play the Koto, 1895
Series; Women's Activities of the Tokugawa Era
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Preparing to Play the Koto, 1895 - Lovely image of an elegant beauty preparing to play the koto, her two companions nearby. She wears a colorful purple outer kimono with a design of splashing waves and waterwheels over a red and orange butterfly patterned robe, her hair decorated with an elegant ornament. At right, a lacquer stand holds stacks of books and a bundle of scrolls. Beautiful color and detail in the sumptuous kimono fabrics, with embossed patterns on the white kimono collars, burnishing on the hair and the lacquer stand, and accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone. A charming scene of upper-class ladies enjoying a favorite pastime.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Losses and holes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, light stains from transfer of metallic pigment. Please see photos for details.