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- Love Letter from Ukiyo Fuzoku Mime Kurabe -

Eisen Keisai (1790 - 1848)


Japanese woodblock print "Love Letter" from ”浮世風俗美女競” Ukiyo Fuzoku Mime Kurabe (from the series Customs of the Floating World: A Contest of Beautiful Women) is by Eisen Keisai (1790 - 1848).  Originally produced in the Edo period (1818-1830), this is a re-carved edition, published by Kyoto Hanga-in in the Showa period (Ca.1950). Eisen was a Japanese Ukiyo-e artist who specialized in Bijin-ga.

Publisher Name: Kyoto Hanga-in Shinagawa-ban, Carver name: Harada Kame, Printer name; Ito Satoshi on the left margin. Titled "Ukiyo Fuzoku Mime Kurabe" on the upper right, Subtitle (poem) in the square box on the upper left.  Signature "Keisai Eisen- ga",  "Kiwame" censor's seal, and original publisher's seal "Wakayo" from (Wakasaya Yoichi) on the right edge of the image. Very tasteful Bijinga print.

Technique: Woodblock
Print size: 10 and 7/8 x 16 and 1/8 inches (27.7 x 41 cm)
Image size: 10 x 15 inches (25.4 x 38 cm)
Printed: Ca.1950
Signed: Artist name "Eisen-ga" on the right edge of the image.
Condition: Overall good condition for its age with paper toning.  Please see the pictures. 


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