Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Meiji Government Officials, 1881
Comments - Fantastic group portrait of the Meiji Emperor and Empress surrounded by dignitaries and members of the government. The Emperor sits at top center, resplendent in a military uniform trimmed with gold braid and a fancy plumed hat. His wife sits across from him wearing traditional dress, a golden ornament in her hair as she waves a folding fan. Men in both western dress and court robes are gathered around, along with ladies-in-waiting in brightly colored kimono. Terrific detail in the individual figures, each carefully drawn and identified with a name cartouche. A fascinating scene, nicely detailed with embossing on the white kimono collars and burnishing on the black uniforms.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. A few holes, repaired. Rippling, slight toning and soiling, a few wrinkles and creases. Please see photos for details.