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'The Emperor's Gifts'

This diptych print is from a small paper book printed in the 1860's. When pages of the books are lined up, the image is completed.  The two sides are mounted side by side as one image.  These woodblock prints were inner pages of small paper storybooks being printed at the time. The covers were done in brilliant colors, and the interior pages were usually black and white. These pages tell a story, which explains the written script one sees on these prints.  This image appears to be the Japanese Emperor receiving guests who are presenting him with gifts.  Kunisada II studied with Kunisada I and took his name when Kunisada I took the name of Toyokuni who had been HIS teacher.  It was common practice for artists who attained a high level of success to take on the name of their teacher, as a sign of respect. These Ukiyo-e storybook pages from c1860 are in fine condition.  The print size of each page is 6.5" x 4.25", and the frame measures 10.5" x 12.5".  They are matted and framed in an original Japanese-made frame from the period.    P9052    $135.00

Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880) 'The Emperor's Gifts'

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