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Bunraku Puppet Head

Kinkakuji in Snow from the set Four Seasons of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Bunraku Puppet Head

by Kamei Tōbei, c. 1949

Rice Planting
IHL Cat. #315

About This Print

This print of a hand holding a bunraku puppet head is from a numbered edition of 200 prints issued by Kōrokusha 紅録社the publishing house jointly created by Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000) and Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-1979).  At least one other numbered edition of this print exists (see below). 

Number 9 from an edition of 20 prints, dated 1949

 
 
             

















                details of markings verso

 


possibly another edition

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #315
 Title  Bunraku Puppet Head
 Series  
 Artist
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 Signature
 Kamei Tōbei printed on front and T. Kamei written in English script on verso
 Seal  no artist's seal on this edition
 Date  c. 1949
 Edition  11/200 written in pencil on verso
 Publisher
Kōrokusha ban 紅録社 ばん -a subdivision of Matsukyū まつ九 [Marks: pub. ref. U219], formed by the artist's  Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977), Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000) and Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-1979)]. 
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - light toning; light wrinkling upper right margin; mounting residue verso on 2 top corners
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  silver mica used as highlight in background
 Format  oban
 H x W Paper  13 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (34.9 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.5 x 21.6 cm)
 Collections This Print  Harvard Art Museum 1978.239; Honolulu Museum of Art 25984
 Reference Literature  Japanese Wood-block Prints, Shizuya Fujikake, Japan Travel Bureau, 1938 revised 1949, unnumbered plate
last revised:
7/21/2019
9/3/2018
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