Flower Of Japan C. 1804
Based upon a Japanese Woodblock Print created around 1804.
The bold calligraphic character in the upper right hand corner is the title of the piece: HANA, which means flower. The script lower down on the right side is the artist's signature.
Full length portrait of an aristocratic woman standing beneath a tree branch with blossoms, facing left, with several hairpins in her hair, holding a handkerchief next to her right eye and looking into a mirror held in her left hand.
The original at the Library of Congress is noted as being extremely fragile with restricted access. It appears to have been printed on rice paper with the consistency of a flower petal.
Original created by the master woodblock artist Toyokuni Utagawa [c. 1804]
February 18th, 2013
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