The Twelfth Month Toy Print

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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The Twelfth Month Toy Print by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Twelfth Month Toy Print

Series; Twelve Elegant Heads
A February $39 Market Auction, Bill's Selection. . .

Omocha-e - Omocha-e are toy prints, encompassing a wide range of woodblocks designed for play or learning. Omocha-e became popular with both children and adults in the late Edo and Meiji eras. Subjects range from games, puzzles, and paper dolls to groups of household furnishings, articles of clothing, or wigs, along with construction toys to cut out and build. Others can be folded to create small booklets, or double-sided cards or paper dolls. Many feature wonderful detail or bright color. These attractive and fun prints are an interesting choice to collect or display.

February Market Auctions - I’ve selected 175 prints for special market driven auctions in February. There are a range of excellent prints, from high quality and rare Edo era prints, to fine old reprints. It’s an especially nice group with each print opening at $39 selling to any highest bid! Keep an eye out for my February $39 Market Auctions and good luck bidding!


The Twelfth Month Toy Print - Unusual omocha-e or toy print depicting a seated young man surrounded by twelve wigs, hats and headdresses, one for each month of the year. Near the top is a red tengu mask with a long nose, next to a beauty's wig topped with an elegant crown. A red curly-haired wig is shown at lower right, and the wig just above the boy's head is for Shoki, the demon queller, complete with wild whiskers and a Chinese cap. A fun and interesting subject.

Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

The Twelfth Month Toy Print by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
The Twelfth Month Toy Print by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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