Utagawa School: Striped passion
Move your mouse over image or click to enlarge

Utagawa School, 19th century

A man in a striped kimono making love to a lady. A view through the window to a green hillside.

Title: Kuro gomoku kachi (Black wins by five points).

Series: Go-ban e-awase (A picture contest on the Go board)

Date: c. 1860s

Original Japanese colour woodblock print, nishiki-e. Size: Horizontal Koban, 9.1 x 12.6 cm (overall)

Very good impression, excellent colours, with strong embossing and metal pigment on thick paper, unbacked. Minimally creased at left side, minor metal oxidation, else very nice condition.

From a rare small-format series comparing lovers in various situations with strategic positions in the game of Go.

Cf. British Museum Inv. No. OA+,0.437.1-14.