May 17, 2014

Jihei of Kamiya Eloping with Koharu of Kinokuniya by Kitagawa Utamaro - 喜多川 歌麿 - 実競色乃美名家見_紙屋次兵衛・紀ノ国屋小春

Title: Jihei of Kamiya Eloping with Koharu of Kinokuniya,
( Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami: Kamiya Jihei, Kinokuniya Koharu )
Courtesan Kamiya Jihei and Kinokuniya Koharu,
from the series True Feelings Compared: The Founts of Love ( Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami ),
Late Edo period, circa 1798-1799
Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿1753 – 31 October 1806)

Unfortunately mine is not an original Utamaro woodblock print, but a reproduction, art print poster, purchased in the frame from a local framers gallery at a discounted price.  I don't know who republished this print as a poster, however, this particular find is what got me interested in Ukiyo-e in the first place.

Jihei of Kamiya Eloping with Koharu of Kinokuniya,  実競色乃美名家見_紙屋次兵衛・紀ノ国屋小春 by Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿1753 – 31 October 1806)

Be wary of deceptive sellers selling fakes of this print at excessively inflated prices, such as this one on Amazon, presumably using the "print" as a means of jacking up the price on frames.

Translation by Lita Xú Líng Kelley

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