"Bijin Kakkyo - interior with willow branch" by Getsu-Ko ca. 1888
Japanese woodblock print, embossing, mica,gold and silver frame, tan silk mat
From a set of 25 prints "Bijin Kakkyo" meaning "Women in a Flower Competition"
each print required 15-20 woodblocks
Published by Chikusen-do
povenance: Dr. John Pope, Freer Gallery of Art (Smithsonian Institution)
Serge Liros private collection newly on the market after 45 years
Image size: 12 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
Framed size: 20 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches
Bijin: Literally, "beautiful person"; the term for a beautiful woman; from which comes bijin-ga, the term for images of bijin, often geishas or courtesans, that being one of the original canonical forms for woodblock prints.