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Court Noble from Bairei Ekagami, volume 4

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Court Noble

from Bairei Ekagami, volume 4

by Kōno Bairei, 1913

(originally 1903)


IHL Cat. #680

About This Print

Bairei depicts a Heian period (794-1185) court noble in this print, which was included in the fourth of his seven volume book of drawings titled Bairei Ekagami, published 18 years after the artist's death. Originally published by Unsōdō Publishing in 1903, they republished it in 1913 ,1942 and again in 1982. This collection's print was likely removed from the 1913 edition. Works from the 1913 and 1942 releases, such as this collection's print, can be identified by their vertical centerfold, which is lacking in the 1982 release. Each volume contained 15 prints.

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

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #680
 Title/Description  Court Noble from Bairei Ekagami, volume 4 
 公卿 楳嶺画鑑  四 (Bairei Drawings, volume 4)
 Artist
 Kōno Bairei (1844-1895)
 Signature
 unsigned
 Seal  楳嶺 artist's red oval Bairei seal
 Publication Date  originally 1903
 Edition  this print likely 1913
 Publisher  Unsōdō 芸艸堂 Yamada Naosaburō 山田直三郎
 Printer  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor toning; wrinkle in right portion of image; slight tear upper left margin
 Miscellaneous
 Genre  
 Format  
 H x W Paper  8 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (21 x 26.4 cm)
 H x W Image
 7 1/8 x 9 1/4 in. (18.1 x 23.5 cm)
 Collections This Print  Smithsonian FSC-GR-780.378.1-7 (all seven volumes of 1913 edition); The British Museum 1991,1112,0.74.4; National Library of Australia OJ 6288.9 4643 (all seven volumes of 1913 edition); National Diet Library DOI 10.11501/1907234 [1942 edition]
 Reference Literature
last revision:
8/24/2020
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