Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Lucky God Daikoku Pulling a Giant Magic Mallet
Japanese Advertising Prints - Known as hikifuda, advertising handbills or circulars became popular in Japan beginning in the Edo era. Colorful, decorative designs with were printed with large blank areas for the merchant to add his store name and other information. While some featured specific products, most depicted beauties or Japan's famous Seven Lucky Gods and other auspicious imagery. Posters called ebira were pasted up at crossroads or in other busy locations. Ebira were also distributed to announce shop openings or as New Year's greetings. Favorite subjects for holiday ebira included the gods Daikoku and Ebisu with gold coins to ensure good fortune in the coming year. The Meiji-era advertising prints in this group come from a publisher's sample book, with a stock number on the reverse and binding holes at one side. An intriguing area of Japanese prints, hikufuda are fun and unusual items to collect.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned) Image Size - Page size 10 1/8" x 14 5/8" Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Binding holes at side. A few small tears at edges. Slight toning, a few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.