Observant, A Kyoto Waitress in the Meiji Era
By Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
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Medium: woodcut/woodblock/ukiyo-e, woodblock
Edition size: n/a
Sheet size: 37.4 by 25.1 cm
Price: $2800 (excl. taxes)
From the series "Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners,"
signed Yoshitoshi ga, with artist's seal Taiso, carver's seal horiko Yokichi, and publisher's date and address seal Meiji nijuichinen, gogatsu, jugoka; Tokyo Nihonbashi Bakurocho Nichome 14-banchi, Tsunajima Kamekichi (Meiji 21 , May 15) of Tsujiokaya Kamekichi of Kinkido
oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.4 by 25.1 cm
A Kyoto waitress removes her metal hairpin to trim candle wax from a collapsible paper lantern. She is a fine example of 'okigatsukiso, or 'observant'. She appears focused on her task, but seems oblivious to the fact that her kimono and underrobe are half open. Perhaps she is a bit too preoccupied with the lantern and has forgotten to be mindful of her overall demeanor. A dusting of mica in the black area of the sky creates the effect of a starry night.
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part Five - Yoshitoshi, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2017, cat. no. 98