Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国)

Print: The Ram (Hitsuji - 未) from the series Elegant Women Likened to the Twelve Animals of the Zodiac (Fūryū azuma-sugata jūnishi - 風流東姿十二支)

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Dates: circa 1828,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Gosotei Toyokuni ga
Artist's seal: toshidama (in red)
Inset signed: Kunihisa-jo ga
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 25-363)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Ritsumeikan University - black and white only; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the dragon;Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the horse;Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the hare;

Physical description:

There are four prints from this elegant series in the Lyon Collection. The others include women paired with the Zodiac signs for the dragon, the horse and the hare. One of the nicer touches is the fact that the title of this series is spelled out in the three toshidama cartouches grouped near the top of each print. Of course, the toshidama is a motif element adopted by many of the members of the Utagawa artists. A symbol of success and wealth, if not of the monetary kind then at least of the artistic or spiritual kind.

The Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna gives the reading of the name of the artist on the inset above as (Utagawa) Kunikume - 歌川國久女.