Item from the Mokuhankan Flea Market

Washing Hands in the Garden

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 seems to be a warm spring afternoon, a young beauty is holding her kimono sleeve with her mouth in order to lift it while she washes her hands under the stream of water coming from the bamboo fountain tap. Some beautiful flowers next to the fountain add a note of joy and color to the scene.

A bouquet of flowers is delicately lying inside a basket behind her and lets us guess which other flora could be living in this serene garden. Some silver metallic pigments on the blue obi sash really catch our attention.

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. Also, there is a scribble on the backside.

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