(#11) Imayo Sugata (Modern Figures of Fashion), 1802 antique print handmade in Japan


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"Imayo Sugata" depicting courtesans and their attendants at various occupations was first published in 1802 and is regarded as one of Toyokuni' best works. The authentic hand-made wood block prints for sale on this page were published by Fuzoku Emaki Zuga Kankokai in Tokyo in 1916 using recut wood blocks by master cutter Otsuka Yuji Almost a hundred years old now, this print exhibit beautifully antiqued colour tones that only extensive aging can produce. Toyokuni's original Imayo Sugata series is held in the British Museum collection, The Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge) and Berkely Art Museum.