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Damselfly from Bairei Ekagami, volume 6

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Damselfly 

from Bairei Ekagami, volume 6

by Kōno Bairei, 1982

(originally 1903)


IHL Cat. #42

About This Print

This print depicting a damselfly on a branch was originally published in the sixth volume of Bairei's seven volume work Bairei Ekagami originally published in 1903 by Unsōdō Publishing. This collection's print was likely taken from Unsōdō's 1982 reprinting of the book.  Works from the earlier publishings in 1903, 1913 and 1942 can be identified by their vertical centerfold, which is lacking in the 1982 release, as it is in this collection's print. Each volume contained 15 prints.

For further details see the section titled Bairei Ekagami under the artist listing.


From the 1913 Unsd re-issue of Bairei Ekagami
Note vertical center fold in print.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #42
 Title/Description  Damselfly from Bairei Ekagamin, volume 6
 蓼花に蜻蛉 楳嶺画鑑 六 (Bairei Drawings, volume 6)
 Artist
 Kōno Bairei (1844-1895)
 Signature
 unsigned
 Seal
楳嶺 artist's red oval Bairei seal
 Publication Date  originally 1903 (see Edition below)
 Edition  this print likely from the 1982 edition
 Publisher  Unsōdō 芸艸堂
 Printer  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous
 Genre  kachō-ga
 Format  
 H x W Paper  8 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (21.3 x 27.3 cm)
 H x W Image
 7 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (18.7 x 23.8 cm)
 Collections This Print  Smithsonian FSC-GR-780.378.1-7 (all seven volumes of 1903 edition); National Library of Australia OJ 6288.9 4643 (all seven volumes of 1913 edition); National Diet Library DOI 10.11501/1907234 [NDL shows a publishing date for their holding of January 1942]
 Reference Literature

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