||"A Beauty in the Snow"
||Image dates originally to Edo era (1738-1868).
This "re-carved" Meiji-edition was published 1903-06.
||From Shimbi Shoin's "Ukiyo-e Grand Anthology" (5 Vol Set)
("Ukiyo-e Ha Gashu").
||Shimbi Shoin Publisher
(Tokyo; active ca1899-1938)
||7 x 16 image on SILK,
set into an edge-embossed 12 x 19 1/4 wide-margined backing.
||Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; extensive "gofun" as snow; metallic gold highlights; visible
woodgrain; black lacquer highlights to hair; amazingly detailed and crisp line-work (made possible by partial
(Slight "age-mellowing" to print's album backing sheet.) No flaws noted.
||See our U-G "Shimbi Shoin" article.
||This Meiji-era "bijin-ga" print (of an earlier Edo era image) comes from "Ukiyo-e Ha Gashu",
publisher Shimbi Shoin's "crown jewel" of
175 ukiyo-e masterpieces (spread over 5 volumes) produced between 1903 to 1906. Shimbi Shoin's
pioneering use of "end-grain carving" (in conjunction with usual "plank-carving") allowed these prints of astonishing
detailing to be produced. Furthermore, many of these 175 images were then printed onto the fine silk (rather than
Not new--now 100+ years old. Very rarely available.