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 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 - Handsome kuchi-e design of a Heian era beauty placing a fine suit of armor into a black lacquer storage chest. She looks over her shoulder with a slightly worried expression, her long hair trailing over her shoulders. A red flame rises from the oil lamp burning at her side, and her outer kimono is accented with delicate silver mica line work. An attractive subject, beautifully colored and detailed.
Artist - Kobori Tomoto (1864 - 1931)
Image Size - 10 3/4" x 7 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. A few creases and small spots, mark. Please see photos for details.
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