Narai: Oroku and Zenkichi, 1852

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Narai: Oroku and Zenkichi, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Narai: Oroku and Zenkichi, 1852

Series; Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road, 1852 - 1853

Kuniyoshi's Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaido Road - Terrific print from Kuniyoshi's Kisokaido Road series, published between 1852 and 1853. The Kisokaido Road ran between Edo and Kyoto along a mountainous inland route, as opposed to the Tokaido Road, which followed the coast. Kuniyoshi created one design for each of the sixty-nine stations along the way, plus images for Edo and Kyoto. Each features a well-known figure from history or legend, along with a small inset depicting the station itself. These terrific illustrations feature wonderful detail and handsome settings, many with deluxe printing treatments such as fine bokashi shading or burnishing. A great choice for a Kuniyoshi collector or anyone interested in Japanese history and folklore.

Narai: Oroku and Zenkichi, 1852 - Attractive scene of Zenkichi saying goodbye to his wife, Oroku, as he prepares to leave on a trip. Under his heavy coat, his striped blue kimono is tucked up at the waist for easier movement, and he carries a straw hat. Several parcels are hung from a cloth sash over his shoulders. He looks at his wife with a worried frown, but she smiles up at him as she bows. The shop behind them features displays of wooden combs, with boxes of combs stacked at right. A comb-shaped inset shows a mountainous landscape with yellow mist settling in the valley in the foreground. An interesting subject with wonderful detail in the setting.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A couple tiny holes, repaired. Slight toning, very slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Narai: Oroku and Zenkichi, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Narai: Oroku and Zenkichi, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)