Meiji prints

  Design: Arai Kanpō (1878-1945)  
  Print title: Shōtoku Taishi  
  Album/series title: Shōnen Rekishi (Boy’s history)  
  Size: 21.2 x 30.2 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Arai Kanpō Shōnen Rekishi: Shōtoku Taishi


Published ca. 1900-1910s 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).

Prince Shōtoku (574622) was a semi-legendary regent and a politician of the Asuka period in Japan.

Artist’s name and red seal in right print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kan beautiful  
treasure Kanpō

Series title in brown cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shō east  
nen year  
shi image Boy’s history

Followed by print title:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
sei holy  
toku benevolence  
taita thick  
shi child Shōtoku Taishi

Publisher’s address, telephone number, and firm name (from right to left) in 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,
den electricity  
wa talk  
hon origin  
kyoku office  
go five  
ichi one  
yon four Telephone
yon four main office 5144
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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