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Pinecone Fish from Bairei Ekagami, volume 6

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Pinecone Fish

from Bairei Ekagami, volume 6

by Kōno Bairei, 1982

(originally 1903)


IHL Cat. #41

About This Print


This print depicting a pinecone fish 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 1903, 1913 and 1942 editions 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 printing of Bairei Ekagami
Note vertical center fold in print.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #41
 Title/Description  Pinecone Fish from Bairei Ekagami, volume 6
 松子魚 楳嶺画鑑 六 (Bairei Drawings, volume 6)
 Artist
 Kōno Bairei (1844-1895)
 Signature
 unsigned
 Seal
楳嶺 Bairei
 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 10.11501/1907236 [NDL shows a publishing date for their holding of January 1942]
 Reference Literature

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