Shirabioshi (Temple Dancer). c. 1840. Kakemono-e. 26 1/4 x 8 1/2. Publisher and signature partially trimmed. Signed 'oju Kochoro Kunisada ga,' Mounted on black silk in the manner of a Japanese watercolor. Housed in an elegant gold and black wood 37 1/2 X 16 3/4 X 2 1/2-inch frame weighing 6 1/2 pounds. $975.
Utagawa Kunisada was among the most popular, prolific, and financially successful designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan.