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 - Charming kuchi-e illustration of a Chinese beauty playing a lute. She sits on a carved stool as she strums the instrument, smiling happily. She wears a gold ring and bracelets, her hair pulled back into a knot at the back of her neck. A full moon glows softly overhead, reflecting on the shimmering water below. An attractive design, nicely shaded.
Artist - Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Image Size - 11 3/8" x 8 3/8"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Horizontal folds. Loss at edge, repaired, folds at corners. Please see photos for details.
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