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Toyohara Kunichika, Japanese, (1835–1900)
Flowers of Tokyo: Firemen's Standards Matched with Famous Places, No. 6, 1875
Ink on Paper
14 3/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (36.51 cm x 24.13 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.185

Alternate Title: Tokyo no hana: Matoi zukushi meisho awase, 6

Probably the center of a triptych. Not a back to back print.

On mat, in pencil: Chikanobu Meiji 1867 Emperor and Empress, Chi Ba4. Seals: upper right, upper left, upper center, lower left, lower center, and lower right. Carver: Hori Gin. Signed Toyohara Kunichika hitsu.

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Kabuki actor Bando Hikosaburo V (1832-1877) in the role of Kinshojo in the play The Battles of Coxinga (Kokusenya kassen). The inset upper panel is a street scene of Tokyo in the Yokohama-e style of Hiroshige III (1843-1894). The street scene includes both traditional wooden shop buildings and new "fireproof" brick stores in the Western style, along with a rickshaw (a new form of transportation).


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