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Beauty with a Hagoita Kuchi-e Print by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

Item Number: 948543

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 948543
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Beauty with a Hagoita Kuchi-e Print by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

Original Toshimine (1863 - 1934) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty with a Hagoita 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 image of a beauty holding a hagoita, a decorative battledore used for a game similar to badminton that is traditionally played at New Year's. She looks over her shoulder with a slight smile, dressed in a blue kimono with snow-covered pine branches near the hem. Nicely detailed with metallic silver accents on the obi and the hair ornaments, and embossing on the white collar. The first time we've seen this attractive kuchi-e design.

Artist - Toshimine (1863 - 1934)
Image Size - 12" x 8 5/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal folds. A few holes and small thinning spots, repaired. Wrinkling throughout, slight soiling, a few stains. Please see photos for details.

Beauty with a Hagoita Kuchi-e Print by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

Beauty with a Hagoita Kuchi-e Print by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

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