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1883 Wood Engraving Bronze Statue Manzai Chukyoku Heian Comedy Satire LAJ1

1883 Wood Engraving Bronze Statue Manzai Chukyoku Heian Comedy Satire LAJ1

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This is an original 1883 black and white wood engraving of a Japanese bronze statue depicting a manzai scene attributed to artist Chukyoku. Manzai is a type of comedy that has origins in the Heian tradition. It consists of two wise men who come to bless a home on the new year, but are sidetracked by word play and satire, the humor and action is similar to that of America's Abbot and Costello. It is reproduced here with artistic precision from the private collection of M. Henri Cernuschi by Henri Guérard.

Henri-Charles Guérard was born in Paris on April 24, 1846. Guérard started his artistic career in architectural design studying at the Ecoles des Beux-Art. However, by 1870 his focus had shifted from architecture to engraving and painting. This was in large part thanks to his teacher Nicholas Berton. When his brother married Eva Gonzales, this became an opening to establish himself in a larger circle of artists. Working with the likes of Manet and Renoir, he found himself a part of the elite society within Impressionist artists. Still shown in many places today, he lived to see his work displayed in galleries across the Western world.


This 128+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the verso resulting in letter press imprinting.

  • Product Type: Original Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8.5 x 10.5 inches; 22 x 27 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is delighted to offer items from this limited edition collection of ultra rare Japanese art, numbered 410 of 1400, which had been expertly fabricated in Paris, France in 1883 on velin, or wove paper. Images in this collection include that of statues, sculptures, wall scrolls, gods and goddesses, wildlife, weaponry, sculptures, other handicrafts and more. Come delight in the history of Japan and its unique and elaborate Asian artworks. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.

Keywords specific to this image: drum, fan, turtle, eboshi, carving