Utagawa School: Striped passion
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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.