Beauty with Hand Drum Kuchi-e Print

by Hanko Kajita (1870 - 1917)

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Beauty with Hand Drum Kuchi-e Print by Hanko Kajita (1870 - 1917)

Original Hanko Kajita (1870 - 1917) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty with Hand Drum Kuchi-e Print

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 of 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 typcially have one or two vertical folds, because of their insertion in a magazine or book as an illustrative print.

A previously neglected genre of Japanese woodblock art, much interest has been generated in the subject since the publication in 2000 of Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada's groundbreaking 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 image of a woman kneeling on the floor, a hand drum beside her. She wears the dress of the Heian era, her long black hair flowing down over her green outer kimono, which trails on the floor around her. A handsome kuchi-e design with an attractive, colorful border.

Artist - Hanko Kajita (1870 - 1917)

Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 5/8"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. Creasing, toning, slight soiling, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.

Beauty with Hand Drum Kuchi-e Print by Hanko Kajita (1870 - 1917)
Beauty with Hand Drum Kuchi-e Print by Hanko Kajita (1870 - 1917)

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