This is an antique 19th century color woodblock print handmade paper from Japanese master and listed artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861).
The image is signed and titled in Japanese characters. There is visible wear to the paper. The woodblock is housed in a later period estate frame that is worn. The framed dimensions are 20"h x 15"w. A label on the verso of the frame from Uchida Art Co. Ltd. indicates that the piece was printed in the 1940's.
Piece has not been examined outside of the frame.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797] - 1861) was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting. He was a member of the Utagawa school.
This image features a man fetching water. He is from the "Chiushingura" story, fictionalized accounts in Japanese literature, theatre, and film that relate to the historical incident involving the Forty-seven Ronin and their mission to avenge the death of their master.
The range of Kuniyoshi's subjects included many genres: landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats, and mythical animals. He is known for depictions of the battles of legendary samurai heroes. His artwork incorporated aspects of Western representation in landscape painting and caricature.