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(1797 - 1861)

Ogura Imitation of the Hundred Poets
no. 50: Fujiwara no Yoshitaka: 'Kan U'

Signed:                   Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga, with kiri seal.
Publisher:              Iba-ya Sensaburo
Censor's seal:        Muramatsu
Date:                       1847-48
Size:                        oban tate-e (c. 35.5 x 23.5 cms / c. 14" x 9 1/4")

Extremely FINE impression with fresh, unfaded colors;
iconspicuous, faint centerfold mark, else FINE condition.

ref. no.:              # 732987
Price:                 € 900.00
Unchô ('Permanent-as-Cloud'); famed for the beauty and length of his beard, he is called Bisen-kô ('Man of the Magnificent Beard'). At the beginning of the Yellow Turban uprising against the Han dynasty, together with Liu Pei and Chang Fei, swore brotherhood with the peach garden pledge and from then on their deeds were hard to number.
Kuniyoshi depicts Kan U (Chinese: 'Kuan Yü') seated under a blosoming tree, stroking his beard.

The complete series consists of 100 designs, 51 are by Kuniyoshi, 35 by Hiroshige, and 14 by Kunisada. The set is numbered throughout in the left-hand margin. - The main subjects are mostly from history and legend, but as the series proceeds the dramatic (kabuki) element becomes increasingly prominent. The upper part of each print is divided off and contains, on the right, the title in large formal script; on the left, the name and poem of the poet concerned.

For a detailed description of what is depicted in the print, including the translatiuon of the poem, see:
- Herwig / Mostow, The Hundred Poets Compaired; Hotei Publishing; Leiden & Boston, 2007; no. 50, pp. 134-135.

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