Meiji prints

  Design: Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)  
  Print title: Young woman with lamp  
  Album/series title: Edo no Nishiki (Brocade pictures of Edo)  
  Size: 21.1 x 31.6 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Terukata Edo no Nishiki Young woman with lamp


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the woman’s obi; burnishing (kara-zuri) on the woman’s hair.

This print has a vertical fold in the middle, meaning that it originally was part of an orihon (i.e., folding book).

Published ca. Meiji 43 (1910) by Akiyama Buemon.

Artist’s name in lower right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ike pond  
ta rice field Ikeda
kagaya(ku) shine  
kata person Terukata

Series title in pink cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
e inlet, bay  
do door Brocade
no of pictures
nishiki brocade of Edo

Publisher’s address and firm name (from right to left) in middle bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
nichi sun  
hon origin  
hashi bridge Nihonbashi
ku district district,
muro greenhouse  
machi quarter Muro quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō


Provenance: The Arts and Designs of Japan website of Peter and Lois Gilder.

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