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The Priest Hoshi
by Kitagawa Utamaro

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  • Date: 1806
  • Type: Prints
  • Medium: Woodblock
  • Edition size: n/a
  • Sheet Size: 39 by 26.2 cm cm
  • Reference: Gina Collia-Suzuki, The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro: A Descriptive Catalogue, 2009, p. 142, no. 89 ('asobi' missing from the series title)
  • Signed: Signed
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Price: $3500.00

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signed Utamaro hitsu, with publisher's seal 'I' (Sawamuraya Seikichi) and censor's seal kiwame, 1806

oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 3/8 in., 39 by 26.2 cm

The poem above the figures is by the Immortal Poet Sosei Hoshi: Miwataseba sakura yanagi o kokimazete miyako zo haru no nishiki narikeru The endless of cherry and willow weave together the capital's springtime ornate brocade!

This print is from a rather obscure series; Collia-Suzuki records only three extant designs in her comprehensive index, none of which we are able to locate in any published reference as of yet.

Reference: Gina Collia-Suzuki, The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro: A Descriptive Catalogue, 2009, p. 142, no. 89 ('asobi' missing from the series title)

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