Meiji prints

  Design: Bihō (?-?)  
  Print title: A young lady getting ready in front of the mirror  
  Album/series title: Azuma Sugata (Images of the East)  
  Size: 21.2 x 30.2 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Biho Azuma Sugata Visitor


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on obi and collar of the standing lady, and on the frame and backside of the mirror.

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  
ga   Images
ta image of the East

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

Character Reading Meaning Translation
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,
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō


Provenance: The website of Davidson Galleries

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