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The Dragon Princess Otohime
by Utagawa Kunisada

Available at Stanza del Borgo (IFPDA)

  • Date: 1820
  • Type: Prints
  • Medium: Woodblock
  • Edition size: n/a, early lifetime impression
  • Sheet Size: 20,1 x 17,6 cm
  • Signed: Signed
  • Condition: Pristine
  • Price: Price on Application

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Number two from a series for the Taikogawa Poetry Club, as indicated by a drum (taiko) drawn above the title. Fine impression with metallic printing, fine colour, light Japanese backing, in very good condition. On the print there are two poems, by Utei Enba (1743-1822) and Rokuzōtei Hōba. Both the poems mention the Dragon, which was the zodiacal sign for the year. Rjūtō o Dragon Lantern Kasumi no nami ni rising amid waves Uchi-agete of spring mist Hikari nodokeki casts a gently glowing light Hama no akebono over the beach at dawn. Rokuzōtei Hōba Another impression of this print is at the Fine Art Museum of Boston (accession number 00.1942). Reference: John T. Carpenter, Reading Surimono, Leiden-Boston, 2008, no 190, p. 307.

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