Artist: Toyohara Chikanobu (豊原周延)

Print: Beauty of the Keichō period (慶長の頃) from the
Mirror of the Historical Eras- Jidai Kagami (時代かゞみ)

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Dates: 1896,created
Dimensions: 9.25 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print.

Signed: Yōshū Chikanobu (楊洲周延)
Publisher: Daikoku Heikichi (Marks 029)
Date: Meiji 29 (明治廿九)

Related links: Tokyo Metropolitan Library; Ritsumeikan University; Hagi Uragami Museum of Art; National Diet Library; Freer/Sackler Galleries;

Physical description:

Bust portrait of a young bijin wearing a head-scarf decorated with a flower pattern. Above her in a cartouche actors in a performance on a stage. Ex Robert O Muller collection.

There are 53 different designs in this series.

If you look carefully you will notice that the edges of this image appear to be distressed by paper loses. This is a design decision similar to Yoshitoshi's ghost series where the paper was meant to look old and tattered.

The Keichō period dates from 1596-1615.


There is another copy of this print at Colorado College and one in the Oita Prefectural Museum.

There is a difference in the texts written along the left border of the print in the collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Library and the one in the Lyon Collection. The Tokyo example clearly shows the date as Meiji 29, 4th month, while the one here is a bit unclear and looks like Meiji 29, 5th month. Outside of that, even the placement of these texts differ slightly. The Lyon Collection has theirs abutting the left side of the image and the Tokyo example is printed further to the left along the edge of the sheet. However, the print in the collection of the Freer-Sackler Galleries in place somewhere in between the two mentioned above.