Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hotoke-gozen Reading a Farewell Poem
Series; Stories of Wise Women and Faithful Wives, circa 1841 - 1842
Stories of Wise Women and Faithful Wives - Handsome design from a series illustrating famous women in Japan who were known for their loyalty and wisdom. These celebrated beauties are shown in scenes from daily life, with an inset cartouche filled with text detailing their virtues. From peasants and princesses to courtesans and women warriors, these lovely portraits are beautifully detailed and colored. A terrific Kuniyoshi series that is not often seen.
Hotoke-gozen Reading a Farewell Poem - Lovely portrait of the young shirabyoshi dancer Hotoke-gozen. She sang and danced for the great Taira no Kiyomori, who fell madly in love with her, sending away his previous dancer, Gio. In this scene, Hotoke-gozen holds a lantern up to read Gio's farewell poem written on a sliding shoji screen. She wears a pale blue kimono patterned with leaves and blossoms, tied with a green obi. Her bare feet peek from beneath the hem of the robe, which trails onto the floor around her. A miniature cherry tree blooms in a blue pot at right. A charming design.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few creases, slight rubbing. Please see photos for details.