Utamaro mystery ....

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Posted by Andrew ( on May 21, 2015 at 03:26:22:

Hello, questioners and answerers !

An ukiyoe mystery for you to solve :

- The paper is "real", it appears to be from the 18th century or thereabouts, based on all my experience collecting prints of that period

- The lines of the carving differ, in subtle details, from those in known examples of this Utamaro print

- There is a place near the belt of the woman's kimono, where the black block overlaps the blue color block in an unusual way

- If this is a "copy", then it is a very, very elaborate and skilled one. Such that, would be hard to imagine the motive of the workers who produced it.

What is it ? ? ?

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