A Bunraku Puppet Head

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

A Bunraku Puppet Head

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1962

 
 
IHL Cat. #275 and #314

About This Print

Two different printings of the head of a bunraku puppet.  These two versions may be artist's proofs as they are not numbered as in the print below (numbered 28/100) which is shown in the Tokuriki-authored instruction guide on making woodblock prints.  The editioned version below has a more uniform printed background and is generally a cleaner printing than the above impressions.




Further suggesting that IHL Cat. #275 is an artist's proof is the offsetting seen on this print's verso from another Tokuriki print Chinese Copper Tiger.

 

verso of IHL Cat. #275 showing offset from
the artist's print Chinese Copper Tiger (right)
 

Chinese Copper Tiger, undated
Tokuriki Tomikichiro
(from Wood-block Printing by the artist, p. 60)

A similar print, but using different blocks (see below), is in the collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

TOKURIKI, Tomikichiro
Head of a wooden doll for marionette show
woodcut on paper, 32.2×118.5 cm
M00099-008
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #275 and #314
 Title  A Bunraku Puppet Head
 Series
 Artist
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Signature
 T. Tokuriki in English script
 Seal  "tomi" seal 富
 Date  cat. #275 dated 1962; cat. #314 dated 1962.6.8
 Edition  number of editions and states is unknown
 Publisher  self-published
 Printer  self-printed
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition Cat. #275
 good - offsetting verso; folds lower left margin
 Condition Cat. #314
 good - masking tape remnants verso along perimeter and center bottom barely protruding into image.
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format  oban
 H x W Paper Cat. #275
 15 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. (39.1 x 26 cm)
 H x W Image Cat. #275  12 3/8 x 9 1/4 in. (31.4 x 23.5 cm)
 H x W Paper Cat. #314 14 1/8 x 10 3/8 in. (35.9 x 26.4 cm)
 H x W Image Cat. #314 12 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (31.1 x 23.8 cm)
 Collections This Print  The British Museum (1987,0316,0.312)
 Reference Literature  Wood-block Printing, Tomikichiro Tokuriki, Hoikusha Publishing Co., Ltd., 1968, p.9.

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