SHIMURA -- "Hairstyle of a Married Woman (Hand Mirror)" (#2)

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Artist SHIMURA Tatsumi (1907-80)
Title "Hairstyle of a Married Woman (Hand Mirror)"
Date 1953 (Limited edition of 200 prints)
Series "Five Figures of Modern Beauties"
("Gendai Bijin Fuzoku Gotai")
Publisher Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho (Kato Junji) (Tokyo, 1930-53)
Seal, Carver/Printer Nakagawa/Onodera (active c1940-c55, Tokyo)
Image Size 9 3/4 x 14 3/4 (plus wide margins)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully over-printed hairlines; superb "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face and "zabuton" cushion; light "gauffrage" to outline of kimono and hand mirror; highly detailed carving. Large, deeply embossed "kanji title" in center bottom margin.
Condition Excellent.
(No flaws noted--Still in original "presentation folder.")
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #262.
Comments A delightful, technical masterpiece--one of a lifetime total of 5 "bijin-ga" images (all 1953). Published only once, as a small limited edition (200 copies) in the early-1950's by Nihon Hanga Kenkyusho Publisher (Kato Junji) of Tokyo. Rarely seen. Roach: "His prints are technical marvels." (Learn more.)
Item # BG-716 (Currently our final copy.)
Price $1550