Meiji prints


  Design: Bihō (?-?)  
  Print title: A mother and a daughter watching the fireworks  
  Album/series title: Azuma Sugata (Images of the East)  
  Size: 21.1 x 30.2 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Biho Azuma Sugata Fireworks

Enlargement


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the mother’s fan and collar and on the daughter’s obi.

Published ca. Meiji 33 (1900) by Akiyama Buemon.

This print has a vertical fold in the middle, meaning that it originally was issued as part of an orihon (i.e., folding book).

Artist’s name and red seal in left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
bi beautiful  
treasure Bihō

Series title in pink cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
azuma east  
su    
ga   Images
ta image of the East

Publisher’s address and firm name (from right to left) in bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
east  
kyō capital Tokyo,
       
furu old  
nichi sun  
hon origin old
hashi bridge Nihonbashi
ku district district,
       
muro greenhouse  
machi quarter Muro quarter,
       
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
       
nine  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
       
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō


References


Provenance: The website of Davidson Galleries

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