Utagawa School: Passionate reading
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Utagawa School, 19th century
Lovers in front of a gilt background, a festival lantern lying on the floor next to the woman.
Title: Shiro rokumoku kachi (White wins by six points).
Series: Go-ban e-awase (A picture contest on the go board)
Date: c. 1860s
Original Japanese colour woodblock print, nishiki-e. Format: 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. Minor metal oxidation, a little rubbed, 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.