Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

1786-1865

One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Hanakawado
(Edo meisho hyakunin bijo: Hanakawado)

signed Toyokuni ga within the artist's Toshidama cartouche, signed Kunihisa ga (Utagawa Kunihisa II, 1832-1891) within the inset landscape cartouche; with publisher's seal Ya, Fujikei (Fujiokaya Keijiro of Shorindo), censor's seal aratame (examined), and censor's date seal Mi-juni (year of the snake [1857], 12th month)

oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 10 in., 37.2 by 25.3 cm

A beauty seated before a mirror resting on a folding mirror stand holds a twist of her hair up as she licks the end of a long hair ornament to facilitate sliding it into her coiffure. Next to the stand is a black and gold lacquer box with the lid slid open to reveal the rest of the set of fancy hairpins. It rests on a fabric-covered box with the hinged cover flipped open containing her make-up brushes and blue and white jars of cosmetics.

The landscape cartouche illustrates a lantern-lined shop in Hanakawado, a small district in Asakusa on the Sumida River which is famous for its cherry blossoms, particularly in Hanakawado Park.

Reference:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (mfa.org), from the Bigelow Collection, accession nos. 00.787, 11.15305, 11.29988

price: Sold

kikumon

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