Plum Kuchi-e Print, 1908

by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)

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Plum Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)

Original Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917) Japanese Woodblock Print
Plum Kuchi-e Print, 1908

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 - Lovely kuchi-e design of a young woman affixing a plum blossom to her hair, the branch of the tree behind her dotted with white flowers and buds Her loose robes flow around her, a blue sash draped around her waist and over her shoulder. A charming illustration for the novel "Ume" (Plum).

Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)

Image Size - 11 3/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. A few creases and small spots, stain at edge. Please see photos for details.

Plum Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Plum Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)

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