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Notes (1st edition)Japanese woodblock restrike entitled gThe Fickle Lookh (uwaki no so) from the series gTen Types in the Physiognomic Study of Womenhfujin sogaku juttai) by Kitagawa Utamaro. This type of print shows a woman of the pleasure quarters. The Edo period red-light districts were officially sanctioned, however, they weren't the playground for just anyone. The popular top-class geishas of the day (known as 'oiran') were depicted in this type of print. In ukiyo-e woodblock prints, this close-up portrait view of the upper body is known as an okubi-e (bust portrait).
Publisher (this edition): Takamizawa Not Set Daiichi Kogei
Date of this item: 1900s 1960s-2000
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Supervised by Takamizawa of the Takamizawa publishing house. Notice that, for this series of prints (see others on my website), Takamizawa used deluxe printing techniques such as deliberate creasing to the mica background to mimic the effects of ageing (the mica on original prints was quite delicate and cracked easily). Included with each woodblock print is a windowed folder for viewing your print. hThe Fickle Lookh
by Kitagawa Utamaro

Japanese woodblock restrike entitled gThe Fickle Lookh (uwaki
no so) from the series gTen Types in the Physiognomic Study of Womenhfujin sogaku juttai) by Kitagawa
Utamaro. Size 15.5 x 10.25 inches (including margins).
The title and signature are printed without the cartouche
outline. The margins around this print are irregular, otherwise
in very good condition.
Thanks to Jason for this image.
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