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||HIRANO, Hakuho (1879-1957)
||"Before the Mirror"
("Kagami no Mae")
||1932 (Likely 1930's/40's printing.)
||No seal present.
(Robert Muller's copy of same print--illustrated in "The New Wave" book--is similarly un-sealed.)
||10 x 14 1/4
Nicely done "bokashi" shading to hand, face, and background; extensive "gauffrage" (embossing)
to entire red kimono, green collar, hand towel, and hair-piece; gold/silver metallic pigment highlights to
hairpin/drawer pulls; circular "baren sujizuri" to entire background.
||Very Good to Excellent. Clean backside. (Very faint mat-line image edges; slight fading; very slight wear;
pencil notation lower verso margin.)
||"The Female Image," Plate #209. "New Wave," Plate #127.
||Without question, this is Hirano's finest "bijin-ga" image (lifetime total of only 6 known images, all 1932-36).
Highly sought-after and rarely seen.