JOKOIN (Toyohara Kunichika)

N.1 ukiyo-e woodblock print
Year: 1879
Condition: good
Size: 24,5 x 36 cm



Beautiful polychrome woodblock print by the artist Toyohara Kunichika (豊原国周), entitled “The midaidokoro of Tsunayoshi” (綱吉公御台所) and depicting in the foreground Takatsukasa Nobuko (鷹司信子), buddhist name Jokoin (浄光院), the official wife of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (徳川綱吉), the shogun in charge in the years when took place the famous events concerning the legendary revenge of the forty-seven ronin (四十七士).

The work, made in 1879 by the publisher Takegawa Seikichi (武川清吉), is taken from the series “The Backyard of Pines and Malvaceae” (葵艸松の裏苑). Remarkable, in the upper right corner, the decoration of the title depicting the triple hollyhock (三葉葵), that is the emblem of the Tokugawa clan (徳川氏).

The print on Japanese washi paper (和紙), despite the proper signs of aging including a small tear in the upper right corner, is in good general condition, thanks also to a relining carried out on the back.