SUGENIN OEYO (Toyohara Kunichika)

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



Beautiful polychrome woodblock print by the artist Toyohara Kunichika (豊原国周), entitled “The midaidokoro of Hidetada” (秀忠公御台所) and depicting in the foreground Oeyo (於江与), buddhist name Sugenin (崇源院), the official wife of the shogun Tokugawa Hidetada (徳川秀忠).

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 left corner, is in good general condition, thanks also to a relining carried out on the back.