Toyonobu (1711 - 1785) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Ono no Komachi Praying for Rain Pillar Print
- In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Comments - Lovely pillar print design of the famous ninth-century poet Ono no Komachi reciting a prayer for rain at the request of the emperor during a terrible drought. An attendant holds an umbrella above her head as rain begins to fall. She looks down with a pensive expression, making a gesture with her delicate fingers. She wears a long kimono patterned with blossoms and tall wooden geta sandal. Her hair is pulled sleekly back, adorned with a large comb and floral ornaments. A beautiful, expressive portrait with soft color.
Artist - Toyonobu (1711 - 1785)
Image Size - 26 1/4" x 5"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please note: folded by publisher for storage, will be shipped folded, could be flattened to frame. Please see photos for details. Good overall.