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Lamps, jars, clock and geisha

Thistle from the book Nihon no Hana

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Lamps, jars, clock and geisha

by Kawakami Sumio, c. 1958

Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972)

IHL Cat. #959

About This Print

A collector of old foreign language books, Kawakami loved depicting the objects he found in them.  This print uses a number of the artist's favorite objects -  lamps, jars, a clock, and geisha.  The Yokohama Museum of Art has a hand-colored version of this print shown below.

Yokohama Museum of Art

In addition to numerous prints depicting these objects, Kawakami devoted an entire book to the lamp (ranpu ランプ) as can be seen in the below images. 

Lamp by Kawakami Sumio (ランプ 川上澄生)

Curious Imports (舶載珍貨), 1960
Lamps and Pot
Lamps and Pot (洋燈とつぼ), 1955
Two clocks (二つの時計), 1970

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #959
 Title untitled (Lamps, jars, clock, geisha)
 Series n/a
 Sumio Kawakami 川上澄生 (1895-1972)
川上澄夫 artist's name is penciled on verso
Sumi seal
 Publication Date c. 1958
 Edition unknown
 Publisher  self-published
 Carver self-carved
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slight wrinkling
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 11 x 7 3/4 in. (27.9 x 19.7 cm)
 H x W Image 4 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (12.1 x 27.3 cm)
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