Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Complete Set of Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners, First Edition

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Full set of the series 'Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners' (Fuzoku Sanjuniso) with title page.
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Size: Oban, approx 24 x 36 cm for each panel

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Yoshitoshi's series 'Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners' chronologically depicts different women from the Kansei era (1789-1801) to the Meiji era (1860-1912). The Kansei era was marked by reactionary reforms put in place to rectify the perceived excesses of the Japanese shogunate, limiting trade with other nations by enforcing a stricter closed-door policy. In contrast, the Meiji era saw Japan opening up to the West and even adopting some of its culture and politics. Yoshitoshi interestingly depicts this dramatically eventful history through women of various background and sentiment. The word 'fuzoku', which appears in all the individual print titles, means 'customs' or 'manners' or 'morals'. 

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Full set of 32 prints and title page
Subject Beauty & Female, Kimono Design, Tattoo
Dimensions approx 24 x 36 cm for each panel
Condition Report First edition. Slightly trimmed. Minor pigment spots on some panels.