Utagawa School: Passion under the blanket
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Utagawa School, 19th century
Lovers under the blanket, the man in a chequered kimono; the headrest has toppled over.
Title: Shiro sanmoku kachi (White wins by three 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 surimono-quality impression, excellent colours, with strong embossing and metal pigment on thick paper, unbacked. Only minor metal oxidation, else very nice condition.
From a rare small-format series comparing lovers in various situations with positions in the game of Go.
Cf. British Museum Inv. No. OA+,0.437.1-14