Mirror of the Ages: The Maiwa Era
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Mirror of the Ages: The Maiwa Era, February 1897
Ink on Paper
12 7/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (32.7 cm x 20.64 cm)
There is a banner printed in the upper right.
Color woodblock print; ink on paper; oban tat-e.
Meiji period color woodblock print, depicting a beautiful woman (bijin) in the act of writing calligraphy.
The series, "Mirror of the Ages" presents a group of fifty-three bust portraits of beauties from the Kenmu era (1334-36) to the Meiji period. Each image is placed against a related historical backdrop. The series is illustrative of Chikanobu's skill in the genre of 'customs and manners'.
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