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Decorated Paper

Size: 40.0cm by 26.0cm (15.75 in by 10.24 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Keisai Eisen

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 7,500$ 68.00£ 48.00€ 55.75 [Item has been sold]

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Description: Eisen is most renowned for his bijin-ga ("illustrations of beautiful women") portraying women in a more realistic light than those depicted by earlier artists, replacing otherworldly grace and elegance with a less studied sensuality. He produced many portraits and full-length studies of fashions of the time.

This print is from the Tousei Koubutsu Hakkei (當世好物八契, "Eight Favorite Things in the Modern World") series. The eight "things" include a doll, a book, and a shamisen, but the "thing" for this particular print is chiyogami (千代紙, decorated paper), shown in the different types of paper at the top of the print.

A reproduction published by Ishu Kanko-kai and produced by Kajikawa Kobo probably in the late 1980s or early 1990s.

Very fine hair carving on this one; the paper has a few slight creases.

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