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The Dragon Princess Otohime by Utagawa Kunisada

The Dragon Princess Otohime by Utagawa Kunisada

Stanza del Borgo (IFPDA)



Edition Size: n/a, early lifetime impression

Sheet Size: 20,1 x 17,6 cm


Condition: Pristine

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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).
John T. Carpenter, Reading Surimono, Leiden-Boston, 2008, no 190, p. 307.

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Utagawa Kunisada

Utagawa Kunisada, also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III, was the most popular, prolific and commercially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.

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