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Oharame's House

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Oharame's House

by Wada Sanzō, 1954

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

IHL Cat. #1076

About This Print

A scene in a typical farm house in Ohara on the outskirts of Kyoto.  The women who lived in the village, known as Oharame (woman of Ohara), sold their farm products in Kyoto, travelling there by foot and cart. 

Wada captures a mother holding her baby and the baby's grandmother wearing the distinctive clothing of Oharame consisting of, most prominently, an indigo blue kimono (sometimes patterned, sometimes not) with a white kerchief.

Oharame in Kyoto, 1978

Today, the Ohara Tourist Information Center (Ohara Kanko Hoshokai), offers an Oharame experience where one can don traditional dress for a small fee.

This print was announced in the 1953 catalog of the publisher as shown below.

This picture shows the kitchen of Japanese farm-house which was done by SANZO WADA.  He made his utmost efforts to bring out the color of the interior of the typical Japanese farmers home.
The number of pictures are limited to 200, these pictures will be sold only according to your subscription they be completed by 30th of January 1954.  Dimension: 14 1/2" x 18".
Kyoto Hanga-In "Shinagawa Woodblock Printing" Catalog, 1953, p. 12.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1076
 Title/Description Oharame's House (大原女の家 Oharame no uchi, as titled in the right margin of some prints in the edition.  This collection's print does not carry a title.)
 Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)
 三造 Sanzō
 Publication Date May 1954

detail of right margin, from top to bottom:
京都版画院 品川版? [Kyoto Hangain Shinagawa han?]
illegible names of printer and carver
二00の内 一六七号 [167 of an edition of 200]
Shinagawa seal of the publisher Kyoomi Shinagawa, owner of Kyoto Hangain.

(click on image to enlarge)
 Carver unread due to poorly impressed or faded cartouche (see above)
 Printer unread due to poorly impressed or faded cartouche (see above)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light toning and tape stains verso
 Genre shin hanga
 Format dai oban
 H x W Paper 11 3/8 x 15 7/8 in. (28.9 x 40.3 cm) 
 H x W Image 9 7/8 x 14 1/2 in. (25.1 x 36.8)
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