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Gion no Nakako

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Gion no Nakako

by Natori Shunsen, 1915

 

IHL Cat. #838

About This Print

One of 30 prints (including 2 cover prints and 1 frontispiece) designed by Natori Shunsen that appeared in the magazine Shin Nigao, whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints.  The artist's catalog raisonné, The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints, titles this print Gion no Nakako 祇園の奈加子.  It is unknown whether the person pictured is an actual geisha of the time or an actress playing a geisha.  This print appeared in issue #5, the final issue of Shin Nigao.

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.

Natori Shunsen Catalogue Raisonné Entry


Catalogue Raisonné – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori
(The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints),
Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum
Kushigata, Japan; 1991, p.96, pl. 189.

Print Details


 IHL Catalog  #838
 Title  Gion no Nakako 祇園の奈加子
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume five 新似顔 第一年五編
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 189
 Artist
 Natori Shunsen (1886-1960)
 Signature
 unsigned
 Seal
 Shun seal
 Date  1915
 Edition  First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver  Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous
Shin Nigao #5 Table of Contents - entry for this print
祇園奈加子 Gion no Nakako
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  Koban
 H x W Paper  7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in. (18.7 x 11.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori (The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints), Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum, Kushigata, Japan, 1991, p.96.
last revision:
11/18/2018

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