||"The Heroine Osai"
||Dealer contact--from an exceptional private collection.
||A Supplement of "The Complete Works of Chikamatsu" (12-print series)
("Dai Chikamatsu Zenshu")
||Yamagishi Kazue/Nishimura Kumakichi (both artisans produced the entire 12-print series)
||9 1/2 x 12 7/8
(plus wide margins)
||Very Fine. Nicely done "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face, kimono, and background; detailed carving.
||Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and verso.
(Slight toning--finest copy
we've even encountered.)
||Illustrated in "The Female Image," p.95, pl.122.
||Part of a 12-print series of prints (each done by a different artist) published c1922/23;
all were carved by Yamagishi Kazue and printed by Nishimura Kumakichi. For a further
discussion of this series, see "The New Wave - Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection"
(Most "Chikamatsu" prints are found badly spotted or toned--these are in very fine condition.)