Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
"Hiding Eyebrows" (Mayu kakushi - 眉かくし) from the series Mirrors of the Modern Boudoir (Imafū keshō-kagami - 今風化粧鏡)
9.75 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Color woodblock print
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Azumaya Daisuke
(Marks 025 - seal 06-001)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Beaux-arts de Paris
Hokkaido Museum of Art This print is very rare.
Enlarge this print and look closely at the woman's reddish-brown robe. The lighter colored design pattern is made up of a horde of hares. Her hairpin has a carved fish on it. The reticulated comb in her hair is a pierced floral pattern.
That same motif of the squat hare facing the viewer straight on appears at least two other times in Lyon Collection. Both of the other examples are by Koryūsai and date from approximately fifty years earlier. They show up on the as a single hare on the back of an outfit worn by a young boy: #s 1320 and 1352.
1) in color, 1/4 page, inUtagawa Kunisada: Bijin-ga wo Chushin ni (歌川国貞 : 美人画を中心に), Seikadō Bunko Library, 1996, p. 52, #72. The Seikadō Bunko Art Museum (静嘉堂文庫) owns a copy of this print along with the others in its set.
2) in color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 5, p. 104, #425.
There is another copy of this print in the Canterbury Museum, Christ Church, New Zealand.
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
Azumaya Daisuke (東屋大助) (publisher)