Kunichika -- "Bijin and Snakes"

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Title "Bijin and Snakes" (given name)
Date 1876
Series "Thirty-six Good and Evil Beauties" ("Zen-Aku Sanjuroku Bijin")
Provenance From the Kenneth Tsunoda Collection; acquired via Sumisho Gallery, Tokyo.
Publisher Morimoto Junzaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 8 7/8 x 13 3/8
Impression Very fine. Extensive "bokashi" shading (including face); light "gauffrage" to cartouche; amazingly detailed carving.
Condition Very good; wonderful colors. Partially trimmed margins two sides, two small hole repairs; lightly toned; marker to lower margin.
Reference/Illus Similiar (lesser) images of same series in "Kunichika--Time Present and Time Past, Images of a Forgotten Master"
Comments Awesome image.
Item # KT-09
Price $750 (Sold)