Meiji prints


  Design: Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)  
  Print title: Woman on a bridge under a full moon  
  Album/series title: Edo no Nishiki (Brocade pictures of Edo)  
  Size: 22.8 x 31.7 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Terukata Edo no Nishiki Woman on a bridge under a full moon

Enlargement


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the obi; embossed fabric printing (nuno-me-zuri) on the lady’s kimono.

Published ca. Meiji 43 (1910) 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 area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
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, telephone number and firm name (from right to left) in middle bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
east  
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,
       
nine  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9
       
den electricity  
wa conversation  
hon origin  
kyoku office  
go five  
ichi one  
shi four Telephone main
shi four office: 5144
       
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō


References


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

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