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Kunisada II
Utagawa Kunisada II, 1823-1880
Tale of Ise
(Ise Monagatari)

set of twelve koban shunga prints attributed to Utagawa Kunisada II mounted in an accordion album with frontispiece (likely the original fukuro wrapper) decorated with instruments associated with gagaku (ancient courtly music) including a sho (mouth organ), tsuri daiko (standing drum), kakko (double-headed drum) and a pair of bachi (mallets); each print embellished with metallic printing, karazuri ('blind printing') and tsuyazuri ('lustre-printing'); ca. 1865
koban album 6 1/4 by 4 1/4 in., 15.8 by 10.8 cm
price: $ 3,500