C1897

049 Jidai kagami (Mirror of the Ages)

Wonderful Japanese oban tate-e  (size) woodblock print of okubi-e (bust portraits) of a Binjin (beautiful woman) depicted in a sumptuous costume, from Chikanobu’s famous series, titled Jidai kagami (Mirror of the Ages). Chikanobu documented the fashions of former times (from … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

049 Jidai kagami (Mirror of the Ages)

Date:

C1897

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodcut, with original colouring.

Paper Size: 

238mm 
x 352mm
AUTHENTICITY
049 Jidai kagami (Mirror of the Ages) - Antique Print from 1897

Genuine antique
dated:

1897

Description:

Wonderful Japanese oban tate-e  (size) woodblock print of okubi-e (bust portraits) of a Binjin (beautiful woman) depicted in a sumptuous costume, from Chikanobu’s famous series, titled Jidai kagami (Mirror of the Ages). Chikanobu documented the fashions of former times (from the Kenmu to the Meiji era) with a  portrait of a beauty depicted in the lower section and a rectangular panel at top making a reference to the era. Published by Matsuki Heikichi, dated between Meiji 29 and 30 (1896-7), signed Yoshu Chikanobu.

 

Toyohara (Yoshu) Chikanobu (1838 - 1911)

Toyohara (Yoshu) Chikanobu (1838-1912) Chikanobu was an important Meiji period woodblock artist who documented Japan’s transition into the modern era while promoting traditional Japanese values through his prints. Little is known of Chikanbou’s life as his personal effects were destroyed in the 1923 earthquake and bombings of Tokyo in the 1940’s. His personal name was Hasimoto Naoyoshi and as the son of a samurai he fought in a number of battles. He became a pupil of Kuniyoshi; at the age of about 15, taking the name Yoshitsuru and after the death of Kuniyoshi, he studied under Kunisada in 1852 and later in 1862 under Kunichika. In 1875 he moved to Edo, as an illustrator for a newspaper and became one of the most active and famous nishiki-e artists in Japan.

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