Period in 1888（The Meiji 21） Artist: Yoshitoshi/芳年 1839 -1892
Part of Yoshitoshi’s “32 Aspects of Women（風俗三十二相)”, a series of pictures of beautiful women. Each print depicts the daily lives and emotions of individual women from various social status and professions in those bygone days. This one is of a courtesan is getting a tattoo of her sweetheart’s name on her arm. She is biting on a Japanese towel to brace against the pain. Yoshitoshi is one of the most sought-after artists. If this piece was in perfect condition, it would be worth more than $2800.
Attached with Urauchi (lining paper on the back) and some damage especially at left side, please check the wrinkles around there on the photo. Left bottom was repaired with paper. The top has some insect holes that are lined by urauchi. The main picture face and tattoo parts are quite beautiful. Print sharpness: good.
About 37.7×25.5cm Ooban 大判(おおばん)