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Eight Favorite Things in the Modern World

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.

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

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