Kunisada: Suzaki Benten; Fan print of beauty holding clam
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Suzaki Benten; Fan print of beauty holding clam
Series: Thirty-six Views of Eastern Capital: Tôto sanjû-rokkei
This charming beach scene shows a woman done by Kunisada and a landscape by Hiroshige II. A beauty looks at hamaguri, a clam from her basket. In the background are people busy digging for shells. The red building complex is Suzaki Benten. Kunisada must have just celebrated kiju: seventy-seven years old. The character ‘ki’ can be written like ‘seventy-seven’, therefore celebrated as ki-no-ji no iwai, celebration of a happy age. The print is made to be mounted onto a fan. The series title is “Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital”.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Miniscule area of wormage.
Publisher: Enshû-ya Matabei
Seal: Censor’s:kiwame & date Rat Year; carver’s seal: Matsushima Hori-Masa
Signature: ki-ô (an old man of 77) Toyokuni ga; Hiroshige hitsu