Murasaki Shikibu's Genji Playing Cards: Ch. 42, Nio no Miya, 1857
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 9 1/4 in. (33.02 cm x 23.5 cm)
Very fine impression with gauffrage.
Genji seal with an oval text banner in the upper left. Two text banners along the right side of the image, in the center. Two seals in the lower right.
Colored ink woodblock on off-white paper (oban tate-e).
Edo period color woodblock print of a bijin holding a sake flask with smoke and firelight crossing the image transversally. This fine series by Kunisada II highlighted the talents of the artist. In the rare first edition printings (like this) with lacquer and blind printing they mark a high spot in Japanese print production in the 1850's.
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