KF012 (Click on image to enlarge)
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
[1839-1892]

The seated woman in this print is posing for her photograph and entirely new and wholly western intervention in the cultural life of Japan. The very fact that she is seated in a western style chair is new enough but the small vignette image at the top clearly tells the story. Positioned on a table in the background is a a stunning flowering Bonsai and a good case could be made that this is a variety of Chrysanthemum, not uncommon in Bonsai culture at this time.
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