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Antique Japanese Woodblock Print of a Parody of Kibi no Makibi

This woodblock print is a lighthearted reference to folklore surrounding a Japanese scholar, Kibi no Makibi (695 - 775), as portrayed by two women. The legend is that one day, when Makibi was stuck on solving a problem, he was reading and suddenly a spider appeared in front of him. The surprise of the spider caused him to have an epiphany and he was able to solve the problem. This print features a pair of fashionably dressed women acting out that famous moment. One woman reads while another woman lowers a spider on a string- a humorous way to induce a eureka moment. The title of the book is, Choshuko. Signature on lower left reads: Koryu-ga. This is the signature of the samurai-turned-artist, Isoda Koryusai (1735 - 1790), a prolific print artist of the 18th century. Woodblock print in excellent condition, has not been trimmed. Comes mounted, matted and framed. Dimensions listed are with the frame.

Period
18th century
Origin
Japan
Dimensions
31" h x 8 3/4" w x 1/2" d
78.7cm h x 22.2cm w x 1.3cm d
Item #
A5160

Pricing

$6,500