Hokuba: Brush drawing of a seated lady with hina doll box

Teisai Hokuba

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Artist: Teisai Hokuba (1771-1844)
Title: Brush drawing of a seated lady with hina doll box
Date: Ca. 1840s

A seated woman is carefully closing a specially designed box.  She is putting away the dolls for the girl’s festival, Hina Matsuri in March. The text reads “Osaraba to hinamo yokkade hôkmuri” or “After four days, the dolls for the Hina Matsuri festival say good-bye and disappear.” Teisai Hokuba was a talented designer of surimono and a student of Katushika Hokusai. This comes from an album of Hokuba drawings that was sold at Sotheby’s London in February, 1963. Provenance: From the personal collection of Herbert Egenolf. LACMA has 13 drawings from this same album by Hokuba in its collection.  

Dimensions: 272x191mm