Kiyochika: Beauty holding a hand mirror
Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Beauty holding a hand mirror
Series: Flower Patterns (Hana moyô)
Date: 1896 (1st published)
The Tenmei Era (1781-1789). A beauty applies makeup to her face, mirror in hand marked “Best in the World”. She is beautifully attired and has translucent hair decorations with applied silver mica. Her robe is decorated with scenes from “The Tale of Genji” and features patterns done in luxurious silver mica. Behind her are several men and a woman that suggest a moonlit evening in the Yoshiwara pleasure district. This is from the second edition, produced a few years after the first edition by Kokkeidô, the publishing house of Akiyama Buemon.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint
Dimensions: ôban triptych approx 37 x 72 cm
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon (Kokkeidô)
Literature: Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan by Henry D. Smith II, 1988, number 108, page 99.