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Mirror of the Ages: Kyoho

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Mirror of the Ages: Kyoho, 1/1897
Ink on Paper
13 1/4 in. x 8 11/16 in. (33.66 cm x 22.07 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.110


Alternate Title: Jidai Kagami

Edition
Fine impression with gauffrage, lacquer, and silver pigment.

Marks
Pink text banner in the upper right of the top image. Signature and red seal in the lower right border. Text printed along the lower left border.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print on off-white paper. Oban tate-e.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock print depicting a large head portrait of a young bijin wearing a kimono decorated with colorful 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'.

Publisher
Matsuki Heikichi.

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