Meiji prints

  Design: Yamamoto Shōun (1870-1965)  
  Print title: Moonlit night  
  Album/series title: Shiki no Nagame (Scenes of the four seasons)  
  Size: 20.2 x 30.1 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Yamamoto Shoun Shiki no Nagame Moon above the Sumida river


Special effects: embossing (kara-zuri) on white hair flowers, collar, and obi of the lady on the right; metallic pigments on the sake cup held by the lady on the left, and on the obi and collar of the lady on the right; burnishing (sho-men-zuri) on the hair of both ladies and on the black obi sash of the lady on the left.

This print has no vertical fold in the middle, meaning that it was issued separately, not as part of an orihon (i.e., folding book).

Artist’s signature in middle left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shō rise  
un cloud Shōun

Series title in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shi four  
ki seasons  
no ’s  
ga   Scenes of the
me scenes four seasons

Followed by print title:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
tsuki moon  
yo night  
shi   Moonlit night

Printing and publishing dates in left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mei light Printed in the
ji government Meiji era,
san three  
kyū nine  
nen year the 39th year (= 1906),
ni two  
gatsu month the 12th month (= December),
go five  
nichi day  
in stamp  
satsu print the 15th day.
kon now Published in
nen year the same year,
kon now  
getsu month the same month,
廿 jūnyū twenty  
hachi eight  
nichi day  
hatsu emit  
go the 28th day.

Followed by the publisher’s address, name and telephone number:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
ni sun  
hon origin  
hashi brdge  
ku district Nihonbashi district,
yoshi good luck  
kawa river  
chō quarter Yoshikawa quarter,
ni two  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 2,
ma pine  
tsuki tree  
hei level  
kichi good luck Matsuki Heikichi,
den electricity  
wa conversation  
ni two  
sen thousand  
ni two  
hyaku hundred  
hachi eight  
roku six  
ban number telephone number: 2286.

Name and address of the publisher in romaji in left bottom margin: “Sold by Daikokaya, H. Matsuki, No. 2, Yoshikawa-cho, Ryogoku, Tokyo, Japan.”


Provenance: Artelino

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