Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Tenpo Era, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Original Japanese woodblock print. 

Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Mitasou’ – Tenpo nenkan o-kosho fuzoku (A young girl of the Tenpo era (1830-1844) Looks Eager to Peep)
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso – Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Dimensions: 23.9 x 35.6 cm


First edition print.


A ‘kosho’ was a maid in a samurai household, usually coming from a wealthy merchant family. Away from home and coming from a different social class, they usually felt excluded and rejected in their new surroundings. A young lady such as the one in this print would usually be homesick and this is suggested by her looking through the bamboo screen.

The light, bright, morning-glory pattern of the robe suggest the summer season. The lady’s obi has a striking black-on-black peony pattern which catches the light when the print is moved. The kimono has very long sleeves (furisode), which may refer to her being unmarried.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Looks Eager to Peep
Condition Report The lady's hair strands overlap towards the back of her hairstyle due to paper fibre present on the back of the print.
Dimensions 23.9 x 35.6 cm