Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Praying to a Deity Kabuki Paper Model Print
Paper Model Sets - Fuji Arts is pleased to offer a terrific group of complete and uncut paper model sets. These entertaining 19th century prints were designed to be cut apart and formed into three-dimensional models. An inset cartouche provides an example of the finished scene once assembled. Using the scene as a guide, the model builder could cut out the different components of the scene from the prints and create the model. Sets usually include a variety of figures, accessories, and background elements, brightly colored and nicely detailed, with subjects ranging from kabuki plays to famous samurai battles.
Not many complete sets survive. Collectors are lucky to own a single print from a model set - a complete paper model scene is an almost unprecedented opportunity. These are incredibly rare pieces and would make a terrific addition to any collection. Take advantage of this great opportunity before it passes you by - bid now!
Comments - Handsome, complete three panel paper model set featuring a priest or a monk praying in the countryside when a deity appears floating on a pink cloud. A beauty kneels at his side while a man with a knife can be seen beside a small red shrine atop a hill. The three panels feature pine trees, maple trees, and mountains. An interesting set we haven't come across before.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Each panel 13 3/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small tears at edges, repaired. Binding holes at top center, as is usual for paper model prints. Slight toning and a few creases at edges, slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.