Meiji era Original Japanese Woodblock Print Set
Mountain Duel Paper Kabuki Model Set, 1896
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 - Great kabuki paper model set, complete in three panels, of two samurai dueling in the mountains. One warrior grips a naginata, while his opponent prepares to draw his sword. Several monks scurry about in the background, one armed with a sword, while a beauty and a samurai watch. A terrific landscape setting with rocky cliffs, pine trees, and wooden walkways, with a backdrop of the sun setting over the distant ocean.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Each panel approximately 13 5/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Separate panels. This item with bright and clean colors. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is usual for paper model prints. Please see photos for details.