Oharame (seated)

Arashiyama in spring

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Oharame 小原女 (seated)

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, c. 1960s

IHL Cat. #1213

About This Print

Tokuriki depicts an Oharame  (woman of Ohara) at rest outside a teahouse, her bundle of kindling at her feet.  The artist also created another state of this print attached to a square board (shikishiban format) as shown below. Also see IHL Cat. # 1212 Oharme (carrying kindling).

Shikishiban edition
Note absence of seal and signature in left corner of image.
Women of Ohara
Source: website of the Kyoto Costume Museum http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/fukusyoku/busou/24.htm
For generations, the women known as Ohara-me, living in the villages of Yase and Ohara at the the foot of Mt. Hiei located in the north of Kyoto, sold bundles of kindling, flowers and charcoal in Kyoto. Today, the tradition continues as a tourist attraction.

Their distinctive traditional dress consists of an indigo blue kosode, white underwear, a red and white thin obi belt, a pair of white tekko protectors, a pair of habaki leg protectors, an apron and waraji straw sandals. Her head is covered with a white tenugui towel.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1213
Oharame 小原女
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)

artist's "tomi"  seal, "T. Tokuriki" hand-signed (lower left corner of image) and "tomi"  stamped signature (lower right corner of image beneath title)
 Seal "tomi"  seal, as shown above
 Date c. 1960s (undated)
 Edition not numbered
 Publisher self-published
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 11 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (29.8 x 26.7 cm)
 H x W Image
 11 x 9 9/16 in. (27.9 x 24.3 cm)
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