The First Rabbit Day of The Year, 1903

by Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942)

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The First Rabbit Day of The Year, 1903 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942)

Original Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942) Japanese Woodblock Print
The First Rabbit Day of The Year, 1903

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 portrait of a mother and her daughter strolling past a New Year's decoration adorned with gold coins, poem slips, and objects to ensure good fortune, including the Lucky God Daikoku's magic mallet, a small treasure ship, and a bale of rice. The girl smiles and gestures with her hand as her mother looks back over her shoulder. She wears an elegantly patterned kimono over an orange under robe with a silver mica pattern, her hair pulled into a bun adorned with a floral ball and a tiny rabbit (the zodiac sign for 1903). The woman is dressed more sedately, wearing a black outer robe over a pale gray kimono tied with a plum obi. A charming design detailed with burnishing on the hair.

Artist - Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942)

Image Size - 8 3/8" x 10 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical and diagonal folds, light creasing throughout.

The First Rabbit Day of The Year, 1903 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942)
The First Rabbit Day of The Year, 1903 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942)

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