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Specimen hikifuda. - Hikifuda of a modern couple in an elaborate cockerell balloon basket above an exposition or fair; the brash young woman waving a Japanese flag.

n.p. [190-?]. 36x25cm colour lithograph. Browning but pretty good. ¶ Such overtly enthusiastic and active women are not so common in Japanese pictures. The navy ships in the bay make me think this marks one of Japan's victories - the 1904 war with Russia or the 1894 win against China. The fashions push the date back but Hikifuda artists didn't always worry about such details unless the target was fashion. Hikifuda - small posters or handbills - were usually produced with the text panel blank. The customer, usually a retailer, had their own details over printed, so the same image might sell fine silk or soy sauce.
AUD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 193.5 US$ 203.91 | £UK 166 | JP¥ 27388] Book number 10961

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