Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Attack inside a Mansion 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 - Dramatic kuchi-e depiction of a samurai attacking another man inside a mansion. His victim has collapsed to the floor, bleeding from wounds to his shoulder and face as his attacker raises his sword for another blow. Sliding panels along the back of the room are elegantly decorated with silver mica clouds, and a screen with an image of a pine and setting sun frame the scene at lower right. The first time we've offered this kuchi-e subject.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 8 1/8" x 10 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and good detail as shown. Vertical folds. A couple light creases. Please see photos for details.