Kunichika -- "Smiling Beauty"

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Title "Smiling Beauty"
(given name)
Date 1867
Series "Yoshiwara Beauties Compared with Thirty-six Poems"
("Seiro Awase Sanju-roku ku")
Publisher Gusokuya Kahei
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 9 3/8 x 14 1/4 (plus margins)
Impression Very Fine. Nicely done "bokashi" shading to faces and insets; highly detailed carving. (VIEW representative verso "bleed-through.")
Condition Nearly Excellent.
Strong colors.
Full-sized image, unbacked.
(Light toning; tiny hole signature cartouche; few minor marks.)
Reference/Illus Similar images in "Kunichika--Time Present and Time Past, Images of a Forgotten Master" pg.54, pl.9
Comments Nicely detailed kabuki actor "bijin-ga" image--from a series comparing actors with riddles and poems.
Item # EG-337
Price $285