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An Offering to Buddha Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)

Item Number: 838611

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 838611
 
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An Offering to Buddha Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)

Original Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919) Japanese Woodblock Print
An Offering to Buddha Kuchi-e Print, 1908

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 - Wonderful kuchi-e image of a young beauty kneeling before a Buddhist shrine, her hands clasped in prayer. She wears the traditional dress of the Asuka era (552 - 646), her hair in a single topknot and flowing loose over her back. Beautifully detailed and colored. A lovely woodblock. This image appears on page 151 of Merritt and Yamada's "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture."

Artist - Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Image Size - 11 3/8" x 8 3/8" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. Backed with paper. Tiny wormhole, repaired. Slight soiling, a few marks. Please see photos for details.


An Offering to Buddha Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)

An Offering to Buddha Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)

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