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New Year Charm in the Shape of a Love Letter: Woman of the Genroku Era from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

New Year Charm in the Shape of a Love Letter:

Woman of the Genroku Era 

from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections

by Mizuno Toshikata, 1892

Shiohi, Women of the Bunka Era from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections


IHL Cat. #995

About This Print

One of thirty-six prints in the series Sanjūroku kasen (also transcribed as Sanjūroku kurabe) depicting delivery of a love poem to a beautiful woman dressed in Genroku Era (1688-1704) kimono with her hair in the loose style of the period.  The bearer of the poem may be the woman's lover, thinly disguised with a scarf about his face, or a messenger from her lover.

The Series Thirty-six Elegant Selections (Sanjuroku kasen)

The series presents women of different classes from thirty-five different historical eras. 

The eras represented are Jōdai ("ancient times" through the Nara Period of 794), Kenkyū [1190-99], Genkō [1331-34], Bunnan [1444-49], Hōtoku [1449-52], Kōshō  [1455-57], Ōnin [1467-69], Keichō[1596-1615], Genna [1615-24], Kan'ei [1624-44], Shōhō [1644-48], Keian [1648-52], Jōō [1652-55], Meireki [1655-58], Manji [1658-61], Kanbun [1661-73], Enpō [1673-81],  Tenna [1681-84], Jōkyō[1684-88], Genroku [1688-1704], Hōei [1704-11], Shōtokua [1711-16], Kyōhō [1716-36], Kanpō [1741-44], Enkyō [1744-48], Kan'en [1748-51], Hōreki [1751-64], Meiwa [1764-72], An'ei [1772-81], Tenmei [1781-89], Kansei [1789-1801], Bunka [1804-1818], Bunsei [1818-30], Kōka [1844-48] and Bunkyū [1861-64].

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #995
 Title or DescriptionKesōbumi Genroku koro fujin 懸想文 元禄頃婦人
(New Year Charm in the Shape of a Love Letter: Woman of the Genroku Era )
 Series Sanjūroku kasen (also seen as "Sanjūroku i kurabe"1三十六佳撰 (Thirty-six Elegant Selections; also seen translated as Thirty-six Beauties Compared)
 Artist Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)
 Signature
Toshikata 年方
 Seal Toshikata seal (shown above)
 Publication Date 明治25(1892)
 Publisher Akiyama Buemon (秋山 武右衛門) in left margin
 Printer

 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - Japanese album backing paper; soiling and toning; several wormholes in margins repaired from back; unbacked; untrimmed
 Genre ukiyo-e, bijin-ga
 Miscellaneous
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/2 x 9 7/8 in. (36.8 x 24.1 cm) 
 H x W Image
 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (32.4 x 21.6 cm)
 Literature 
 
 Collections This Print
Tokyo Metropolitan Library 07537-C1 and 加4762-18; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston RES.52.30 and 41.940.17; British Museum 1906,1220,0.1569
1 as listed by the British Museum
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