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Size: 40.5cm by 26.5cm (15.94 in by 10.43 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Kitagawa Utamaro

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 7,000$ 67.00£ 49.50€ 54.75 [Item has been sold]

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Description: From the Fujin Sōgaku Jittai ("Ten Physiognomies of Women") series by Utamaro. This print, Omoshiro Sō or Omoshiroki Sō, shows a young woman smiling at herself in a mirror, admiring her blackened teeth. Ohaguro (お歯黒), the practice of blackening teeth, was used as a sort of make-up in Japan from around Kofun period (300 to 538 AD) to the early Meiji period (1868-1912). It was considered to make people (both men and women) more attractive, as pitch black objects like lacquer were thought to be very beautiful.

The thin strands of hair are carved individually and delicately, the background is printed with a delicate mica powder.

This particular print is a mid-1970s reproduction by the Takamizawa Company.

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