Kunichika -- "Pensive Love"

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Title "Pensive Love" ("Mono Omoi")
Date April 1878
Series "Mirror of the Flowering of Manners and Customs"
("Kaika Ninjo Kagami")
Publisher Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe Eizo
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, circular window, cartouche, and face; extensive "burnishing" to double black collar; light dusting of "mica" top of wall; visible woodgrain to grey wall and blue sky; amazingly detailed carving of individual hairlines.
Condition Very Good. Excellent colors. Full, original margins (note "kento" marks right and lower right). (Soft horizontal crease; minor marks; light wear; light toning.)
Reference/Illus "Kunichika--Time Present and Time Past, Images of a Forgotten Master" pl# 20, p60.
Comments Pensive "bijin-ga" image set before a circular window.
Item # MF-01
Price $425 (OR best offer by 8/05/03)