Meiji prints

  Design: Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)  
  Print title: Backyard cherry tree  
  Album/series title: Azuma Fūzoku (Customs of the East)  
  Size: 21.1 x 30.2 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Backyard cherry tree


Special effects: burnishing (sho-men-zuri) on the hair of the woman and the girl; embossing (kara-zuri) on the woman’s collar and obi; silver metallic pigments on her hair ornament.

Artist’s signature in the bottom left print area:

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

Series/album title and print number in the orange cartouche in the right margin of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
an peace  
tsu harbor, ferry  
matsu end  
zoku customs Customs of the East,
ni two number two


Provenance: The website of Davidson Galleries

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