End-of-the-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1901

by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

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End-of-the-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1901 by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

Original Toshimine (1863 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Print
End-of-the-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1901

The Kuchi-e Tradition - Kuchi-e prints are woodblock frontispiece illustrations used in the publication of Japanese novels and magazines around the turn of the 20th century. Most kuchi-e prints were illustrations of bijin and continued the tradition of idealized beauties in Japanese art. The subjects, however, have a decidedly Meiji era feel about them and reflect the artistic movement towards more western design. Kuchi-e prints typically have one or two folds because of their use.

Much interest has been generated in the subject since the publication in 2000 of Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada's book, "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture." Kuchi-e prints have become highly sought after and collected by the serious collector.

Comments - Attractive kuchi-e design of a mother and daughter returning home from the end-of-the-year market. The beauty carries a stick of ground cherries while her daughter cradles a package shaped like a hagoita or decorative battledore used for a traditional New Year's Day game similar to badminton. The mother wears a knitted or crocheted shawl pinned at the neck over her kimono, while her daughter wears a yellow robe patterned with leaves and grasses. The woman pauses to watch as two men pass in the other direction, carrying a large pine decoration for the upcoming holiday. A charming design.

Artist - Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

Image Size - 8 1/4" x 11 1/8"

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Backed with paper. Vertical folds, a few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.

End-of-the-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1901 by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)
End-of-the-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1901 by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

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