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Fortune Teller from the portfolio Japanese Life and Customs A Set of Six Pictures

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Fortune Teller

from the portfolio

Japanese Life and Customs a Set of Six Pictures

by Wada Sanzō, c. 1950s

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

IHL Cat. #1130

About This Print and the Folio

One of six chuban size (8 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.) prints issued as part of a portfolio of six prints titled Japanese Life and Customs by the publisher Kyoto Hangain.  The portfolio was likely first issued in the early 1950s and the designs are replications of pre-WWII designs from the series Occupations of the Shōwa Era in Pictures (Shōwa shokugyō e-zukishi).  As the prints are a smaller format than the original releases, new blocks would have been used.  

As shown below, the portfolio carries the English title Japanese Life and Customs, but references the original series Occupations of Shōwa Japan in Pictures beneath it in Japanese (昭和職業絵盡) .  

This print pictures a couple receiving a divination from a roadside fortune teller. To see the earlier and larger oban size print, please go to Fortune Teller from the series Occupations of Showa Japan in Pictures, Series 2

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和田三造作 [a work by Sanzō Wada]
昭和職業絵盡 [Occupations of Shōwa Japan in Pictures]
三造 [Sanzō followed by 2 small rectangular seals in red]
中判 ["chuban" within gourd-shaped seal]
手摺木版画 六枝組 [handmade woodblock print, set of six]
版元 京都版画院 [publisher Kyoto Hanga In]

label affixed to inside back cover of folio

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1130
 Title/Description Fortune Teller
 Series Japanese Life and Customs - A Set of Six Pictures
 Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)
 not signed
 not sealed
 Publication Date c. 1950s
 Kyoto Hangain 京都版画院
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre shin hanga
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 9 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (23.2 x 28.3 cm) 
 H x W Image 7 5/16 x 9 1/4 in. (18.6 x 23.5 cm)
 Collections This Print 
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