Meiji prints

  Design: Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)  
  Print title: Wisteria blossoms  
  Album/series title: Edo no Nishiki (Brocade pictures of Edo)  
  Size: 21.1 x 31.8 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Terukata Edo no Nishiki Wisteria blossoms


Special effects: subtle burnished pattern on the dark blue obi; burnishing (sho-men-zuri) on the hair; silver metallic pigments on the fan; embossed fabric printing (nuno-me-zuri) on the green underkimono and the background drapery; embossing (kara-zuri) on the paper lantern in the foreground.

Published ca. Meiji 43 (1910) 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 book).

Artist’s name and seal in lower right 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
e inlet, bay  
do door Brocade
no of pictures
nishiki brocade of Edo

Faint publisher’s address and name (from right to left) in middle 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,
aki autumn  
yama mountain Akiyama
bu military  
u right  
ku artisan  
mon gate Buemon

Very faint printer’s and carver’s name (from right to left) in left bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
in stamp  
satsu print Printer:
yama mountain  
ta rice field Yamada
ho(ru) carve  
shō artisan Carver:
mune religion  
oka hill Muneoka


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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