Needlewomen Kurehatori and Ayahatori

by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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Needlewomen Kurehatori and Ayahatori  by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Needlewomen Kurehatori and Ayahatori

Series; Gekko's Essays

Gekko's Essays - Begun in 1886, "Gekko's Essays" (Zuihitsu) is a wonderful series encompassing a wide range of subjects. Gekko depicts figures from history and mythology, including famous beauties, poets, scholars, and warriors, along with a few supernatural creatures. These handsome designs are rendered in Gekko's distinctive painterly style, with soft washes of color and flowing calligraphic line work, expertly printed by Matsuki Heikichi to capture these qualities. The series was completed by 1887, but woodblocks are found with dates up to 1899, proving the popularity of the designs, which continued to be printed. A great choice to collect or display.

Needlewomen Kurehatori and Ayahatori - Intriguing image showing the two master needlewomen Kurehatori and Ayahatori, who, according to legend, introduced the arts of spinning and weaving to Japan from China during the reign of the Emperor Ojin. One woman sits at a red frame carefully working with needle and thread. The woman beside her holds a rolled up length of cloth. Beautifully detailed with fine embossing on the white cloth and title cartouche. The expensive pigment used on the red frame and the bottom of the kimono at left has oxidized to a dark tone. An interesting subject.

Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning. Some prints have a few light creases or small spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in good to nice condition overall.

Needlewomen Kurehatori and Ayahatori  by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Needlewomen Kurehatori and Ayahatori  by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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