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Fine Weather After a Snowfall at Heian-jingu Shrine from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Fine Weather After a Snowfall

at Heian-jingu Shrine

from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, after 1953

Moon at Chūshojima from the series New Views of Kyoto


IHL Cat. #1121

About This Print


One of twelve small-size prints (approx. 5 x 6.5 in.) from the portfolio titled New Famous Places of Kyoto (志ん京都名所 Shin Kyōto meisho), designed by the artists Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977) and Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)*, and published by the New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society (新京都名所刊行会).

The two artists often collaborated and the publishing entity New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society, is likely a construct of the two artists.

This print depicts visitors to Kyoto's Heian-jingu Shrine on a sunny winter's day.  The Grand Shrine Gate built in 1929 towers over them. 

* It is unclear if Tokuriki actually designed any of the prints themselves as all the prints carry some version of Kamei's artist seal.

The Complete Portfolio

Six or more of the print designs in this portfolio seem to have also been issued at another time, possibly printed using different blocks. The website of The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online contains six of these prints, with each print visibly different from the prints in this collection. As with this collection's prints, their prints are not dated, but they attribute the prints to Kamei Genbei, a name used by Kamei after 1953, which helps narrow the publication dates to post-1953. 

Comparison of the Two Editions

 This Collection's Print IHL Cat. #1121 
 
版画集 『新京都名所 [New Views of Kyoto]』 原画 1
 平安神宮の晴雪
[Fine Weather After a Snowfall at Heian-jingu Shrine]
はんがしゅう しんきょうとめいしょ げんが 1 へいあんじんぐうゆきばれ
亀井 玄兵衞 (かめい げんべい) [Kamei Genbei (1901-1977)]
制作年不詳 [production year unknown]
本紙12.0×16.3cm (4.72 x 6.42 in.) /
ページ寸22.8×27.8 cm (size of page print is mounted on.)
The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online
[from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama]


Hein-jingu Shrine

Source: japan-guide.com http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3904.html and website the Heian Jingu Shrine http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/english/0101.html

Heian Shrine (平安神宮, Heian Jingū) has a relatively short history, dating back just over a hundred years to 1895. The shrine was built on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capital's foundation in Kyoto and is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from the city, Emperor Kammu (737-806) and Emperor Komei (1831-1867). Heian is the former name of Kyoto.

A giant torii gate (a ferro-concrete structure built in 1929) marks the approach to the shrine, around which there are a couple of museums. The actual shrine grounds themselves are very spacious, with a wide open court at the center. The shrine's main buildings are a partial replica of the original Imperial Palace from the Heian Period, built on a somewhat smaller scale than the original.


Heian Shrine's massive Torii Gate standing 24.2 meters high during the Jidai Festival
 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1121
 Title  Fine Weather After a Snowfall at Heian-jingu Shrine 平安神宮の晴雪
 Series  New Famous Places of Kyoto 志ん京都名所
 Artist 
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal
artist's tō seal 
 Date after 1953
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher  新京都名所刊行会 New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor foxing; backed with stiff paper (likely the original mounting trimmed); rubbing with minor image loss
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  yotsugiri
 H x W Paper  4 13/16 x 6  7/16 in. (12.2 x 16.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
http://www.momaw.jp/search-db/heritage-list.php?&creatorName=%E4%BA%80%E4%BA%95&pageSize=20
 
 Reference Literature
last updated:
10/12/2019
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