Takao (The Courtesan Takao) from Tsuki Hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon)
Very beautiful woodblock print is by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892). "たか雄-Takao" (The Courtesan Takao) from Tsuki Hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon), is a re-carved edition from the Showa era. First printed in 1885. Signed on the lower left of the image. This elegant re-carved edition is by Ukiyo-e Hanga Kankokai. Published by Nihon Bijutsuga kai. This reproduction set was sold only by the publisher in those days, not at dealers or bookstores. So it is really difficult to find nowadays. Copy right seal, Carver's name, Kentaro Maeda, Printer's name, Sakuji Tanaka on the verso. Selected great two carvers (Maeda and Okura) and two printers (Tanaka and Watanabe) worked on this project. It is a really high-quality print. The carving and the printing is faithful to the original. Just stunning and beautiful. Please see the details.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi(1839-1892) is a very famous Ukiyo-e artist. In 1850, when he was 11 years old, Yoshitoshi was apprenticed to Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one of the great masters of the Japanese woodblock print. Yoshitoshi created modern ukiyo-e depicting warriors, actors, and Bijin.
Paper size: 10 and 1/2 inches by 15 and 1/4 inches (26.5 x 38.5 cm)
Image size: 8 and 7/8 inches by 13 and 1/8 inches (22.5 x 33.3 cm)
Condition: New Condition. The faintest pinhead size ink spot into the left of the image, next to the poem. Please see the last picture. Very minor paper crease on the top margin (edge) which will be easily matted out. Please see the picture.
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