Beauty with a Kusudama Kuchi-e Print, 1902

by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Beauty with a Kusudama Kuchi-e Print, 1902 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty with a Kusudama Kuchi-e Print, 1902

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 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 kuchi-e design of a beauty tying the ribbons of an ornamental floral ball called a kusudama. She gently tugs on the slender ribbons, looking down, completely absorbed in her task. She wears a blue and white kimono tied with a bold red obi patterned with floral motifs. The colorful floral ball hangs in front of a fine reed blind. A lovely subject with delicate line work.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Image Size - 8 1/4" x 10 3/4"

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Folds. Some prints have wrinkling or a few spots. Please see photos for details.

Beauty with a Kusudama Kuchi-e Print, 1902 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Beauty with a Kusudama Kuchi-e Print, 1902 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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