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Kinkakuji in Snow from the set Four Seasons of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Kinkakuji in the Snow

from the set Four Seasons of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, c. 1930s

Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)

IHL Cat. #1164

IHL Cat. #1745

About This Print

A chuban size print depicting Kyoto's Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) during a snowfall. Five visitors, veiled by the snow, can be seen on the right.  

This print is part of a set of five prints by the artist created for the famous soba shop Owariya 尾張屋 in Kyoto, which has been in business since 1465.  Four of the prints depict scenic views in and around Kyoto and the fifth depicts the Owariya.  Originally made in the 1930s, this set was reprinted for the celebration of the 15th generation household head of Owariya during the 1980s.  The Owariya name in kana をはりや appears on each of the prints as the publisher.   

As originally issued 

The re-issued set c. 1980s (the print of the Owariya is not shown)
clockwise from the top left: Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) in the Snow 金閣寺 雪景,
Ohara in Autumn 大原の秋Night Cherry Blossoms at Gion 祇園夜桜,
Evening Cool by the Kamagawa 加茂川夕涼

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1164, #1745
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) in the Snow 
金閣寺 雪景 [upper right hand corner of image]
 Series/Set Four Seasons of Kyoto 京四季ノ内 [upper left corner of image]
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 not signed
Tō  seal [lower right corner of image]
 Date undated but originally c. 1930s and then re-issued c. 1980s.
 Edition unknown
 Publisherをはりや Owariya [lower right corner of image]
 Impression IHL Cat. #1164: excellent
 IHL Cat. #1745: excellent
 Colors IHL Cat. #1164: excellent
 IHL Cat. #1745: excellent
 Condition IHL Cat. #1164: good - overall light toning; paper thinning along right margin verso from previous mounting
 IHL Cat. #1745: excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper IHL Cat. #1164: 6 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (16.5 x 22.5 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1745: 6 1/4 x 8 7/8 in. (15.9 x 22.5 cm)
 H x W Image IHL Cat. #1164: 5 7/8 x 8 3/8 in. (14.9 x 21.3 cm)
IHL Cat. #1745: 5 7/8 x 8 3/8 in. (14.9 x 21.3 cm)
 Collections This Print The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
 Reference Literature
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