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Explore feminine beauty through the ages with Chikanobu’s Mirror of the Ages. Each okubi-e, or big head portrait, personifies an era in Japanese history. These stunning Japanese women prints consider the fashions, customs and manners throughout centuries of transition. These Japanese prints of women trace the movement of traditional Japanese culture into the more modern world that emerged after Commodore Perry’s arrival in 1853 and the resulting modernization. While many of the prints from this era feature the bright, opaque appearance of aniline dyes, Chikanobu’s prints maintain an aspect of subtlety even with the use of these synthetic colors.