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The Warbler's First Call

Size: 24.5cm by 35.5cm (9.65 in by 13.98 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ikeda Terukata

Era: Meiji | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 17,000$ 140.00£ 110.00€ 125.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: From the series “A Thousand Types of Flowers” which is part of a folding book (orihon) published in 1897 by Bunemon Akiyama.

It’s almost the beginning of spring and some flowers are already blooming on the cherry blossom tree branch peeping behind the beauty in the foreground. It seems to be a cold afternoon, the woman is standing still in the middle of a stone path, and quietly admiring a small warbler flying through the sky. She just heard its first singing and through it, the beginning of spring is announced. It’s almost as if we could hear him singing thanks to the calmness of the scene ... The beautiful black color of her kimono contrasts with the red under kimono and the intense blue of her obi surely stands out.

There is a great website of Japanese woodblock prints' private collection by Mr. Jacques Commandeur where you can see a copy of this entire set.

This print has folds and toning.

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