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1883 Wood Engraving Kosa Kanaoka Portrait Kikuchi Yosai Sumie Zenken LAJ1

1883 Wood Engraving Kosa Kanaoka Portrait Kikuchi Yosai Sumie Zenken LAJ1

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"Kanaoka Peignant un Portrait"

This is an original 1883 black and white wood engraving of the Japanese Master Kosa no Kanaoka of the Heian Period by Kikuchi Yosai while he was studying under the Kano School of Japan's Momoyama and Edo Periods.


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 4.5 x 6.5 inches; 11 x 17 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.

This piece was illustrated by Yosai, Kikuchi. There is no visible artist signature.

Kikuchi Yosai

Kikuchi Yosai was a famous Japanese ukiyo-e, or wood block print, artist as well as calligrapher who lived in the late Edo Period. Born in 1781, he was the adopted son of Kawahara; an Edo (modern Tokyo) samurai whose family served as retainers to the former Tokugawa Shogunate. Yosai did not actually pursue art seriously until his late teens after he had studied with the major schools of the era; Kano, Maruyama and Shijo. Using all of the different disciplines, while keeping a keen eye on the calligraphy as well as the image, he would bring all of those influences to bear when he began working in his own distinct style which made his collection entitled Zenken Kojitsu so powerful. This collection of more than 500 historical figures of Japanese history from antiquity through the Edo Period has been used as exemplary Japanese art as well as important references artists and historians alike. While respected, Yosai would never reach the wealth or stature of one of his earliest inspirations, fellow ukiyo-e artist, Hokusai. Kikuchi Yosai died in 1878 after a relatively distinguished career that earned him the names Kikuchi Yosai, Kikuchi Takeyasu and Kawahara Ryohei.

Keywords specific to this image: Guan Yu, Bishamonten, paint brush, eboshi, yukata, kimono

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