At the Barbershop

A pleasant scene from artist Kuniyoshi from the life of a mid-19th century Japanese man. This genre ukiyo-e is fascinating. It explains how the men of the time acquired their fancy topknots. The customer is relaxed and serene as the barber concentrates on the job before him. The tatami mats and the beautifully marbelized toolbox create marvelous detail.

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Kuniyoshi (1797 – 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Barber Styling a Man’s Hair, 1848

Barber Styling a Man’s Hair, 1848 – Handsome kabuki scene of a barber styling the hair of Nosaku no Kyusaku, who sits on a straw mat, his legs crossed before him. The barber leans over as he combs the man’s hair, frowning angrily. A wooden chest at lower left holds the barber’s tools and a basin of water for shaving customers. Nicely detailed with an interesting setting.

Artist – Kuniyoshi (1797 – 1861)

Image Size – 13 7/8″ x 9 3/4″


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