Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国)

Print: Aizuri-e - a bijin stands before a large plant of chrysanthemums from the series Beauties of the Latest Fashion Compared with the Beauty of Flowers (Tōsei bijin hana-awase - 當世美人花合)

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Dates: created,circa 1825 - 1829
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Shimizu (Marks U283 - seal 16-079)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Brooklyn Museum; National Gallery of Victoria; Lyon Collection - another example from this series;

Physical description:

There is another aizuri-e bijin print in the Lyon Collection by Toyokuni II - item #596. In both the woman's pose is basically the same, but the robes are different. The woman in this print is wearing a kimono decorated with bats and gourds, both extremely auspicious symbols.

This woman is holding a pipe or kiseru and in both prints in this collection there are clusters of flowers to be seen just to left - our left - of their heads.