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Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)


Shadow Pictures of a Benevolent Reign: Reading a Book
(Arigataki miyo no kage-e: Ehon)

signed Kochoro Toyokuni ga, with censor's seal Mera (Mera Ta'ichiro), and publisher's seal Marusei han, Shiba Shinmeimae (Maruya Seijiro), 1844

oban tate-e 14 3/8 by 9 3/4 in., 36.6 by 24.8 cm

This scarce series with (apparently) only five designs recorded, features of half-length images of beauties illuminated by a beam of light cast by lanterns or light filtered by closed shoji panels.

Andreas Marks, Publisher's of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium, 2011, seal no. 27-010.

price: $ 1,500


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February 24, 2020

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
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