Original Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944) Japanese Woodblock Print
Comments - Charming image mothers and children visiting at shrine for the Shichigosan or Seven-Five-Three Festival, a rite of passage celebrating the growth and health of children ages seven, five, and three. Changes in hairstyle and dress mark these ages. At right, a mother holds up her three-year-old daughter, who reaches eagerly for the beauty standing beside her as a few maple leaves drift down through the sky. At left, a five-year-old boy wears hakama (pants) for the first time, a small sword at this side. In the center, a woman helps a seven-year-old girl out of a palanquin. She has traded the narrow cord tying her childhood kimono for a traditional obi. An attractive depiction of this festival, nicely detailed, including embossing on the white kimono collar and a red pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on some of the kimono and obi.
Artist - Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 14" x 29" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss at corner, small tear at edge, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and rubbing, a few wrinkles, some ink bleeding. Please see photos for details.