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Damselfly from Bairei Ekagami, volume 6

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 


from Bairei Ekagami, volume 6

by Kōno Bairei, 1982

(originally 1903)

IHL Cat. #42

About This Print

This print depicting a damselfly on a branch was originally published in the sixth volume of Bairei's seven volume work Bairei Ekagami originally published in 1903 by Unsōdō Publishing. This collection's print was likely taken from Unsōdō's 1982 reprinting of the book.  Works from the earlier publishings in 1903, 1913 and 1942 can be identified by their vertical centerfold, which is lacking in the 1982 release, as it is in this collection's print. Each volume contained 15 prints.

For further details see the section titled Bairei Ekagami under the artist listing.

From the 1913 Unsd re-issue of Bairei Ekagami
Note vertical center fold in print.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #42
 Title/Description Damselfly from Bairei Ekagamin, volume 6
 蓼花に蜻蛉 楳嶺画鑑 六 (Bairei Drawings, volume 6)
 Kōno Bairei (1844-1895)
楳嶺 artist's red oval Bairei seal
 Publication Date originally 1903 (see Edition below)
 Edition this print likely from the 1982 edition
 Publisher  Unsōdō 芸艸堂
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre kachō-ga
 H x W Paper 8 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (21.3 x 27.3 cm)
 H x W Image
 7 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (18.7 x 23.8 cm)
 Collections This Print Smithsonian FSC-GR-780.378.1-7 (all seven volumes of 1903 edition); National Library of Australia OJ 6288.9 4643 (all seven volumes of 1913 edition); National Diet Library DOI 10.11501/1907234 [NDL shows a publishing date for their holding of January 1942]
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