Kunichika -- "Autumn Rain"

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Title "Autumn Rain" ("Aki no Ame")
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, cartouche, and face; visible woodgrain to grey sky; "burnishing" to black lower garment and to falling rain streaks; amazingly detailed carving of individual hairlines.
Condition Very Good++. Excellent colors. Full, original margins (per "kento" marks right and lower right). (Minor marks; light wear; light toning.)
Reference/Illus "Kunichika--Time Present and Time Past, Images of a Forgotten Master"--similar to pl# 20, p60.
Comments Charming "bijin-ga" image, with tiny child carried high upon mother's back, sheltered from the falling rain by her scarf.
Item # MF-03
Price $425 (OR best offer by 8/05/03)