Meiji prints


  Design: Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)  
  Print title: Firefly hunting  
  Album/series title: Senshu no Hana (A thousand types of flowers)  
  Size: 22.5 x 31.7 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Terukata Senshu no Hana Firefly hunting

Enlargement


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the woman’s fan and the girl’s obi sash.

Published in Meiji 30 (1897) by Akiyama Buemon.

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

Artist’s name in lower left of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
kagaya(ku) shine  
kata person Terukata

Series title in pink cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
sen thousand  
shu type  
no ’s A thousand
hana flower types of flowers

Publishing date and publisher’s address and name in lower left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
mei light  
ji government Meiji era,
十十十 san jū thirty  
nen year the 30th year (= 1897)
       
gatsu month  
       
ka day  
in stamp  
satsu print  
rin confront  
sha copy  
in stamp  
satsu print  
       
same  
       
nen year  
       
gatsu month  
       
ka day  
hatsu emit  
go  
?      
hatsu emit  
go Printed and published
jin person in 1897
       
east  
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
       
clear  
hashi bridge  
ku district Kōbashi district,
       
muro greenhouse  
chō quarter Muro quarter,
       
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
       
nine  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
       
aki autumn  
yama mountain Akiyama
       
bu military  
u right  
ku artisan  
mon gate Buemon

References


Provenance: Dieter Wanczura’s Artelino website

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