End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907

by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

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End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907 by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

Original Toshimine (1863 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Print
End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907

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 - Attractive kuchi-e design of a mother and daughter returning home from the end-of-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 purple shawl pinned at the neck over her sage green kimono, while her daughter wears a robe patterned with leaves and grasses. The beauty pauses to watch as two men pass the other direction, carrying a large pine decoration for the upcoming holiday. An attractive image with delicate line work and soft shading.

Artist - Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

Image Size - 8 5/8" x 12 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Vertical folds and wrinkle. Small nick at edge. Please see photos for details.

End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907 by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)
End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907 by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)