Wakana Kuchi-e Print, 1908

by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Wakana Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Wakana 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 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 beauty presenting a tray holding a small basket filled with wakana or young greens. She wears a beautiful floral pattern kimono with touches of embossing in the white areas. Her hair is pulled back into a ponytail decorated with a single comb. A charming illustration. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the hair.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11 1/8"

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. A few small repairs and spots, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details.

Wakana Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Wakana Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)