Kuniyoshi: O-Roku (Snake)

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Title: O-Roku (Snake)
Series: Comparison for the Twelve Signs (Mitate junishi)
Date: ca. 1845

O-Roku stands in a place of luxurious surroundings, a basket of wooden prayer-sticks behind her. She is dressed warmly and has a towel behind her neck. The title is “Mi” (Snake), and readers of the time would have been familiar enough with the story to make the connection between this design and one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Light trimming.
Dimensions: ôban 36.3 x 24.5 cm
Publisher: Enshuya Matabei
Literature: Robinson S38.6.
Seal: censor’s seals:
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga