Meiji prints

  Design: Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)  
  Print title: A woman composing a waka*)  
  Album/series title: Senshu no Hana (A thousand types of flowers)  
  Size: 21.1 x 31.7 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Terukata Senshu no Hana A woman composing a waka


Special effects: silver mica on background and water of folding screen; silver mica on ink holder; silver metallic pigments on kimono.

Published in Meiji 30 (1897) by Akiyama Buemon.

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

Artist’s name in lower left of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kagaya(ku) shine  
kata person Terukata

Series title in pink cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
sen thousand  
shu type  
no ’s A thousand
hana flower types of flowers

Publisher’s address and name, and publishing date in left bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
hashi bridge  
ku district Kōbashi district,
muro greenhouse  
chō quarter Muro quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
aki autumn  
yama mountain Akiyama
bu military  
u right  
ku artisan  
mon gate Buemon
mei light  
ji government  
sei era  
nen year  
gatsu month  
ka day  
in stamp  
satsu print  
rin confront  
sha copy  
in stamp  
satsu print  
nen year  
gatsu month  
ka day  
hatsu emit  
go Printed and published
jin person in the Meiji era

This is followed by Kokkeidō publisher seal 20-001, see Marks (2011, p. 58).

For some reason the exact year, month, and day of carving, printing, and publishing are not mentioned on this print ...


Provenance: An auction held in April 2013 by the Floating World gallery

*) A waka is a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in five lines of 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7 syllables each.

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