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Famous Views Of Edo And Beauties Compared: Sumida River
by Keisai Eisen

Available at Scholten Japanese Art

  • Date: 1830
  • Type: Prints
  • Medium: Woodblock
  • Edition size: n/a
  • Sheet Size: 35.8 by 23.7 cm
  • Signed: Signed
  • Condition: Pristine
  • Price: $1600.00

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signed Keisai Eisen ga, with censor's seal kiwame (approved), and publisher's seal Sanoki (Sanoya Kihei of Kikakudo), ca 1830s

oban tate-e 14 1/8 by 9 3/8 in., 35.8 by 23.7 cm

A young waitress stands with her body facing away and looking over her shoulder while reaching behind her back to tie her double-sided obi, with black on one side contrasting with an indigo pattern of stylized turtles on the other. The edge of the sash is marked with archaic form kanji: Imayo bi-? (modern-?) in red, and with the artist's seal Sen in yellow. Two trays are at her feet, one with a teapot, four porcelain teacups and a bowl of snacks, the other with a bundle covered with blue cloth. The inset cartouche illustrates buildings and boats along the Sumida River edged by stylized clouds.

Reference: Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World, 2012, p. 285, cat. no. 148-7

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