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Reflection Of Lover In The Water – Mandarin Ducks

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Description

“A woman sitting on a bench near a stream sees the reflection of her lover’s face in the water. He wears his hair in the topknot as the popular Mitsuuji, who was illustrated in > Kunisada’s famous Rustic Genji series.”
The mandarin ducks are a symbol of fidelity because it was believed they paired for life.

The poem in the sky above the ducks is written in Chinese kanshi:

Mandarin ducks on a pillow - three sleeping heads,
Kingfihers enclosed within sliding doors - six legs encroached.

Translation by Laura Moretti

 Antique Japanese color woodblock. Shunga (Erotic print).

Additional Information

Artist: Keisai Eisen (1790–1848)

Date: c. 1836

Size: 11” x 8 1/2” inches

Series: ‘Konote gashiwa’ (Two Aspects of Love/ Child’s-hand Oak)

Impression: Fine (with excellent use of gaufrage and metallic pigments)

Color: Very good

Condition: Very good (Minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws but overall in a very nice state !)

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