Utagawa Hiroshige also Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858) color woodblock print on laid-lined paper titled "Poem by Sojo Henjo: The Shirabyoshi Dancer Hotoke Gozen" from the "Ornamental Papers Patterned After the 100 Poets" series in collaboration with other artists, originally published by Ibaya Sensaburo, 1845-1849. Depicts Hotoke Gozen (1160-1180), a Shirabyoshi dancer, dressed in an elaborate kimono in a kneeling position with a fan and a sword in a room, below top panel with poetic inscription by Yoshimine no Munesada, better known as Henjo (816-890), a Japanese waka poet and Buddhist priest, reading "Let the winds of heaven/Blow through the paths among the clouds/And close their gates./Then for a while I could detain/These messengers in maiden form." Printed artist's signature and red seal, lower right, with censor, publisher, and block cutter seals, lower left and right. 14 1/4" H x 9 3/4" W. Meiji Period. Note: This print was reproduced from the original Edo Period print specifically for circulation in a magazine subscription during the Meiji Period. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Toning, few minute foxing spots. Strong colors, good register and impression, average bleed through en verso. Center fold line and six pin prick to be expected from manner of distribution.
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