This Japanese art print is a portrait of the tea house waitress Naniwaya Okita in a beautiful kimono serving a cup of tea. The print is vivid pure color and incredible detail. The print bears the artist's signature. This is not an original but a gorgeous print that almost looks like it is original. The artist Utamaro Kitagawa (1753-1806) was a ukiyo-e master and is a very famous print-maker. His genre is called bijinga; Pictures of Beautiful Women. The print is double matted and has a black wooden frame. There is a wood frame piece inside, sandwiched between the two mats that allow the print to have a depth of about 1.5 inches. (This does not show up in the photo). You can tell that this was professionally matted and framed. The frame measures 12 inches x 16 inches. There are a few slight dings to the frame but nothing can detract from this wonderful print. These are priced much higher if bought at a dealer or gallery where this was originally sold.
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