Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Tainin Kozuke no Katana and His Wife
Series: Foundations of Morality and Success
Kyodo Risshi no Motoi
Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Tainin Kozuke no Katana and His Wife - Attractive image of the samurai Tainin Kozuke no Katana enjoying a meal served by his beautiful wife. He sits on a low platform, tilting his head as he looks at her closely, a shallow sake cup in his hand. She kneels before him with a bottle of sake, her long hair flowing over her shoulders in a low ponytail at her back. Trays are set with dishes of fish, rice, and other items. The warrior wears a chest plate, his battle helmet on a chest nearby with bows and weapons leaning against the wall behind him. In a room at upper right, another woman places arrows into a quiver. A beautifully detailed setting with delicate embossing in the white pants.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 3/8"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Backed with paper. Some slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.