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Collar, Military Decorations, Mask, Hat


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Collar, Military Decorations, Mask, Hat

by Kawakami Sumio, 1933

IHL Cat. #257

About This Print

Like most of Kawakami's prints, this print picturing military decorations, a starched collar, a mask, red chrysanthemums and other adornments is untitled.  Whether this work is just an artistic exercise or poking fun at something or someone is unknown.  The print is embossed and hand colored by the artist in the unique style that he started using in the 1930s.  Mita Arts' offering of this same print, pictured below, has the artist's seal in the upper right of the image, which is not present on this print.  The date 1933 (Showa 8) is taken from the Mita Arts' catalog.  No date appears on the print.

Mita Arts Catalog – Jan. 2002

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #257
 Title Collar, Military Decorations, Mask, Hat (eri, kunshō, kamen, bōshi)
 Series n/a
 Sumio Kawakami 川上澄生 (1895-1972)
 Seal none (note that Mita Arts Catalog image above shows rectangular seal in upper right corner of image.)
 Publication Date 1933
 Edition unknown
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - minor toning
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous extensive embossing throughout design and silver metallic highlights on medals.
 H x W Paper 11 x 7 3/4 in. (28 x 19.7 cm)
 H x W Image n/a
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