Utagawa School -- "Zodiac Monkey"

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Artist Utagawa School
Title "Zodiac Monkey" (given name)
Date ca1830's/40's
Series na
Publisher Privately printed.
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 3 5/8 x 4 7/8 ("koban yoko-e")
Impression Very Fine, "surimono" quality. Extensive use of silver-metallic pigments to kimonos; entire background done in horizontal "gauffrage" (embossing); highly detailed carving of hair-lines.
Condition Very Good+++. Excellent, fresh colors. (Light wear; surface soiling.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments Approached from behind, a high-ranking courtesan is seen engaged in foreplay with her samurai client prior to lovemaking. The zodiac symbol of a monkey is seen as inset. A wonderful "shunga" print in quite nice condition.
Item # BG-559
Price $175 (Sold/EOC)