Meiji prints

  Design: Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)  
  Title: Beauty No. 24 in the Shin Bijin (True Beauties) Series, also known as ‘Beauty gathering shellfish’ (here is a concise overview of all 36 prints in this series)  
  Size: 30.2 x 21.0 cm (aiban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Special effects: embossing (kara-zuri) on the white head scarf, purple collar of the underkimono, and red and purple tie-dyed pattern on the obi.

Series title in bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
jin person  
bi beautiful  
shin truth True beauties

Artist’s signature in bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shū discipline  
chika circumference Yōshū
nobu prolong Chikanobu

Printing and publishing dates, publisher’s address and name, and number in series in left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mei light Printed in the
ji government Meiji era,
san three  
ten the 30th year
nen year (= 1897),
ichi one the 11th month
gatsu month (= November 1897),
ka day  
in stamp and the 10th day
satsu print (= November the 10th, 1897).
kon now  
getsu month  
十十 hatsu twenty Published
ka day in the same
hatsu emit month,
go on its 20th day,
rin confront  
sha copy by copier,
in stamp  
satsu print printer,
ken combine  
hatsu emit  
sha person and publisher,
ni sun  
hon origin located at
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,
aki autumn  
yama mountain Akiyama
bu military  
u right  
ei defense  
mon gate Buemon.
廿 ni jū twenty No.
yon four twenty four.


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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