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   250 Years of Japanese Prints and Illustrated Books

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797 - 1861)

Waterfall-striped Materials in Answer to Earnest Prayer
(Daigwan jôju ari-ga-taki-jima, 大願成就有ヶ瀧縞)
Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô
c. 1845

This series consists of ten half-length portraits of beautiful women (bijin) wearing striped kimono.  Each print has a poem and an inset picture of a waterfall. 

Beauty: A pensive girl leaning on an armrest contemplating a tied scroll
Inset: Sugawara Michizane (845-903), who had been banished to Dazaifu on false accusations, making his daily ascent of Mount Tempai with his favorite plum tree, which miraculously followed him into exile, in the background











original woodblock print 36.5 x 25 cm









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