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Oharame

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Oharame

by Kotozuka Eiichi, c. 1948


IHL Cat. #313

About This Print

This print of a woman from the town of Ohara has been attributed to both Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000) and Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-1979).  As can be seen below, at least one edition of this print carries Kotozuka's name in English script in the margin; one carries Tokuriki's signature in English in the lower right of the image; and this collection's edition carries the notation "PRINT" followed by "T. Tokuriki" in English script and one carries no signature.  All of the prints seem to have been made from the same blocks.  Kotozuka did several prints for Uchida that showed Ohara farmers, so my guess is that the design is Kotozuka's and the printing was done by their joint publishing company Koryokusha, established in 1948.  The Artelino website attributed the print to Kotozuka and lists as a source the Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, "Kyoto no Kindai Hanga" (Modern Prints of Kyoto), 1986., - pl. 168.  As to the seal (see seal picture in Print Detail table below) it may be some variation of Kotozuka's self-printed seal "Toku kako za".


 

 T. Tokuriki printed in English script bottom right of image
 
no artist signature

IHL Cat. # 313 "PRINT" followed by "T. Tokuriki" hand written in English script

Oharame

Source: Japan The Official Guide, Tourist Industry Bureau Ministry of Transportation (ed.), Japan Travel Bureau, 9th edition, 1962, p. 712.
Ohara women "carry heavy loads on their heads and they have a very fine bearing.  Their dress also is peculiar, as they wear narrow obi (sashes), and cover their heads with kerchiefs while over their legs and arms they wear white cotton-cloth.  Parties of these naive peasant-women may frequently be seen in the streets of Kyoto, selling flowers or carrying heavy merchandise."


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #313
 Title  Oharame (Maiden from Ohara)
 Series  
 Artist
 Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-1979)
 Signature
 not signed
 Seal  unread artist's seal
 Date  c. 1948
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher  likely by Koryokusha
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - light toning; light wrinkling throughout; mounting residue verso in 4 corners
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  dai oban
 H x W Paper  15 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. (39.1 x 26 cm)
 H x W Image
 14 1/4 x 9 in. (36.2 x 22.9 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature  

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