Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Tying a Poem Slip to a Cherry Tree Kuchi-e Print
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 groundbreaking 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 illustration of a beauty tying a poem slip to a blossoming cherry tree. She pauses to look down as a dog grabs the end of a long letter draped over the trunk of the tree. Includes silver mica on the checked obi. The first time we've see this kuchi-e design.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 10 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Slight soiling, a few creases and small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.