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Beauty Combing Her Hair

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Beauty Combing Her Hair

by Oda Tomiya, c. 1930s

Snow at Kinkaku Temple from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #295

About This Print

One of two known bijin-ga prints designed by Oda for the publisher Ōsaka Mokuhansha. This print shows the influence of his teacher Kitano Tsunetomi (1880-1947) in composition, with the beauty shown in profile with her head bent forward to expose her sensuous neck. Her skin is pale (although somewhat darkened by the effects of age on the print) suggesting the white powder worn by geisha. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #295
 Title
Beauty Combing Her Hair
 髪結い Kamiyui [Hairdressing] (as titled by Mita Arts Catalogue No. 14, item 707.)

 Series  
 Artist
 Oda Tomiya (1896-1990)
 Signature
富弥 Tomiya in upper right corner of image
 Seal  artist's red seal below signature
 Publication Date  c. 1930s
 Edition  assume first and only edition
 Publisher
大阪木版社版 [Ōsaka Mokuhansha] printed in the lower left margin
 
大阪 Ōsaka seal appearing in lower left of image containing the names of the carver 彫
山口碍 [unread], the head of the publishing company 頭 藤川昭平 [Fujikawa Shōhei] and the printer 摺 内藤古? [unread]
 Printer  摺 内藤古? Naitō Furushi? (see publisher seal above)
 Carver
 彫 山口碍 [unread] (see publisher seal above)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - overall light toning; several spots of foxing; numerous small repaired tears on margins; 2 small spots thinning to margin verso caused by removal from folio
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  oban tate-e
 H x W Paper  15 3/4 x 11 in. (40 x 27.9 cm)
 H x W Image  14 1/8 x 10 1/16 in. (35.9 x 25.6 cm)
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latest revision:
10/19/2020
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