Original Kobori Tomoto (Tomone) (1864 - 1931) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nobleman Hunting 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 - Interesting kuchi-e print of a Chinese or Korean nobleman going hunting on horseback. He carries a bow in one hand, and wears an arm protector over a pink robe, and flat hat with a cylindrical point in the center. A retainer hands him a fur quiver filled with arrows, his own arrows at his back in a small case strapped to his waist. He wears spotted deer skin chaps. Beautifully detailed, with touches of silver mica on the clothing.
Artist - Kobori Tomoto (Tomone) (1864 - 1931)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 12 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Loss at corner, small tears at edges, repaired. Toning, creasing, slight soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details.