‘Looking Itchy: The Appearance of a Kept Woman of the Kansei Era (1789-1801)’. 


Woodblock print #16  from the series ‘Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners’.


Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Publisher:  Tsunashima Kamekichi

Date Published:  16 September 1888


Arguably the most popular print from this well-known series which depicts women of different backgrounds and occupations from the Kansei to the Meiji eras. Each print highlights the expression of a different mood or character trait. In this print, a concubine emerges from mosquito netting, gazing drowsily at the viewer, her hair is disheveled and her comb is falling out. Her loose cotton yukata has slipped from her shoulders exposing her breasts.


A first edition print with guaffrage and the three color title cartouche. With original album backing paper.


A fine impression with fine colors in a good state of preservation with only minor wear and browning of paper. Matted and framed under glass in a simple black frame.      


    Print: 36 cm H x 24 cm W

    Frame: 53.5 cm H x 40 cm W

Price: 1800 Euros

Japanese Woodblock Print - Yoshitoshi - 32 Aspects of Customs and Manners: ‘Looking Itchy’