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Eisen’s Blue-Printed Pictures / Eisen no Aizuri-e – Edo zumi hyaku shoku series (A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo)
Japanese woodblock print, 2011. Print size: 17.5 x 12 in. Image size: Oban tate-e, 15 x 11 in. Edition of 100. Black to grey bokashi (shaded) background w baren sujizuri ( swirly line-printing), blue-green and blue-purple accessories, red seal ‘Binnie’ in form of baren, the tool for printing hence suri/zuri, gold series title cartouche top right margin; ‘Edo Zumi Hyaku Shoku’. The print title to the left with the first portion, Eisen no, in the style of Eisen’s signature, followed by a small aizuri-e (all blue print) of the original composition from which the tattoo is derived, signed in bronze-gold kanji, Bin-ni, with artist’s red seal Binnie in the shape of a baren (the essential tool used by a woodblock printer to work the pigments into the paper), numbered and signed in pencil on the bottom margin.