Medium:Otsu-e and Hand-Tinting
Height: 10.5 in
Width: 9.5 in
Brightly colored Japanese figure in traditional garb.
Otsu-e were first painted in the early Edo period (17th century) in Otsu City, Otani Oiwake district. The pictures, which were painted by unknown artists, were sold as souvenirs to travelers along the Old Tokaido Road. Later, these pictures expanded into the realm of Ukiyo-e style painting, pictures of beautiful women that became popular. Most of these pictures were of a humorous or satirical nature. The painting of Otsu-e was handed down from father to son and therefore we can appreciate the beauty of tradition even in current Otsu-e.