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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III): Woman adjusting a tsunokakushi

Japan, Edo period, 1830s


Colour woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, vertical oban, 35 x 24 cm (13 3/4 x 9 7/16 in.)


The print pictures a woman adjusting a tsunikakushi, a traditional Japanese headwear worn in Shinto wedding ceremonies.

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese: 歌川 国貞; also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (三代歌川豊国); 1786 – 12 January 1865) was the most popular, prolific and financially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. 

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