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 typcially have one or two vertical folds, because of their insertion in a magazine or book as an illustrative print.
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.