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Village Storehouse

Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Village Storehouse

by Saitō Kiyoshi, undated (c. 1959?)

Outskirts of Nara

IHL Cat. #2380

About This Print

A village storehouse (kura) with the character 松 (possibly "Matsu" a family or village name) on the plastered area above the entrance. Typically, grain would be stored on the lower level with household items up above. 

This print, while similar to the below print, is an unusual format for the artist, being almost square, as opposed to the more typical horizontal ōban format of the below print, and seems to be printed with poster ink on a heavier than usual paper. The few prints that Saitō created in this format, see example below, usually have a sticker on the verso stating they were self-printed and self-carved. 

Reference Images

A similar composition, but in horizontal ōban format by Saitō, with the character 珍 ("chin") above its entrance
paper size: 11.5 x 17.25 in. (29.2 x 43,8 cm)

Kiyoshi Saitō "Sprintime in Nara", date unknown
38 x 45 cm (15 x 17 3/4 in.)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #2380
 Title  Village Storehouse (untitled)
 Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997)
 not signed
 清 Kiyoshi (in seal script)
 Publication Date  not dated (c. 1959)
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher  likely self-published
 Carver  likely self-carved
 Printer  likely self-printed
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent 
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper  15 3/8 x 17 7/8 in. (39.1 x 45.4 cm)
 H x W Image  15 3/8 x 17 7/8 in. (39.1 x 45.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  
 Reference Literature  
last revision:
6/11/2021 created