Utagawa-School: Lovers in the bathroom
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Utagawa School, 19th century
A stark naked couple in the bathroom. Through the open window boats anchoring off the coast can be seen.
Title: Mitsuban – Chû oshi kachi (Game 3 – Resignation in the middle of the match)
Series: Go-ban e-awase (A picture contest on the Go board)
Date: c. 1860s
Size: Horizontal koban, 9,1 x 12,6 cm
Very good impression and excellent colours. Surimono quality printing on thick paper, with richly used metal pigment. Unbacked. Only minor creasing, one faint stain, little metal oxydation. Overall very nice condition. An particularly attractive design.
From an interesting erotic series paralleling lovers to various positions of the Go board game. Rare.
Cf. British Museum, No. OA+,0.437.1-14