Original Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Writing 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 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 scene of a Heian era beauty leaning over a low black lacquer table with a brush in hand, sheets of paper spread out before her. A circular inset at upper left depicts a Chinese nobleman holding a sheer fan. The first time we've offered this design.
Artist - Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 11"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical folds. Toning, a few small marks. Please see photos for details.