The First Month (Mutsuki), 1855 - Attractive illustration of Prince Genji and his companions celebrating the New Year. He sits on a cushion with a slender pipe in one hand, smiling as he looks up at the courtesan at left. She grins back at him, a poem slip in her outstretched hand, elegantly dressed in a black outer robe with a burnished geometric pattern bordered with egrets, grasses, and purple blossoms. At right, a woman practices origami, a sheet of papers and a scissors on the floor nearby. The young girl at her side holds a handball, looking down with an interested expression. A folding screen at the back of the room depicts a blossoming plum tree covered with snow and framed with golden yellow clouds. A charming design with wonderful detail in the fabrics and setting. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Image Size - 14" x 29 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A couple small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.