Meiji prints


  Design: Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)  
  Print title: Lady watering bonsai in a garden with bamboo in the background  
  Album/series title: Ima Yō Bijin (Modern style beauties)  
  Size: 20.9 x 30.3 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Toshikata(6)

Enlargement


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the head ornament; embossed fabric printing (nuno-me-zuri) on the woman’s kimono; embossing (kara-zuri) on the white curtain behind the round window.

Artist’s name in lower left of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
mizu water  
no field Mizuno
toshi year  
kata person Toshikata

Series title and print number in light orange cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
ima now  
manner  
bi beautiful  
jin person Modern style beauties,
       
roku six print number six

Printing and publishing date, and publisher’s address and name in lower left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
mei light  
ji government Meiji era,
san three  
ten  
ichi one  
nen year the 31st year (= 1898),
ten  
nichi two  
gatsu month the 12th month (= December),
ten  
nichi day the 10th day,
in stamp  
satsu print  
rin confront  
sha copy  
in stamp  
satsu print printed,
       
same  
       
nen year the same year,
kon this  
getsu month this month,
ni two  
ten  
nichi day the 20th day,
hatsu emit  
go  
ken at the same time  
hatsu emit  
go  
sha person published.
       
east  
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
ni sun  
hon origin  
hashi bridge  
ku district Nihonbashi district,
muro greenhouse  
machi quarter Muro quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
kyū nine  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
       
aki autumn  
yama mountain Akiyama
       
bu military  
u right  
ei protect  
mon gate Buemon


References


Provenance: Yagiya Bobongua store

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