UTAMARO -- "Abalone Divers"

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Artist Utamaro Kitagawa
Title "Abalone Divers"
Date Originally published 1780/90's;
later "re-strike" edition,
Series na
Publisher na
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size Two sheets 9 3/4 x 13 and 14 1/8; overall 9 3/4 x 27 1/8.
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; "gauffrage" (embossing) to waves, kimonos, body areas, and baskets; highly detailed carving, crisp "key-lines."
As printed without margins (note "kento" marks lower/left corners).
Condition Very Good. Strong colors. (Moderate age-toning; mounts/stains upper corners; wear.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments Horizontal format variation of Utamaro's "Awabe Divers" masterpiece. Printed on nicely "age-mellowed" paper.
Rarely seen.
Item # EG-199
Price $395 (SOld/RL)