These two prints are by Mizuno Toshikata [水野年方] (1866-1908) from the series Thirty-six Beauties Compared Sanjûroku Kasen [三十六佳撰]. They show bijin (beautiful women) from historic Japanese eras. The one on the left is number 25, Sunset: Lady in Keian era [1648-51] Yûyô, Keian koro fujin [夕陽 慶安頃婦人], and the one on the right is number 11, Chrysanthemum Viewing: Women of the Kanpô Era [1741-44] Kikumi, Kanpô koro fujin [菊見 寛保頃婦人].
We have been collecting netsuke and Japanese prints for several years, and hope
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