Meiji prints

  Design: Ikeda Shōen (1886-1917)  
  Print title: The rainy season  
  Album/series title: Yaekasumi (Multilayered mist)  
  Size: 21.0 x 30.4 cm  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Shoen Yaekasumi The rainy season


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on hair ornament, obi, butterflies on the kimono, and bamboo shoots on the fan.

Artist’s signature and two red artist’s seals with the name of the artist in right print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shō fire  
en garden Shōen

Series title in orange cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mi   Multilayered mist

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

Character Reading Meaning Translation
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,
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō

English print title in red in bottom margin reading: leareless meditation. This is clearly a typo. According to Narazaki (1990), where this print is displayed, the Japanese title of the print is 梅雨, which reads as baiu and translates into: The rainy season.


Provenance: Artelino

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