Meiji prints

  Design: Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)  
  Print title: Woman smoking at a roadside teashop  
  Album/series title: Edo no Nishiki (Brocade pictures of Edo)  
  Size: 20.9 x 31.7 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Terukata Edo no Nishiki Woman smoking at a roadside teashop


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the blue obi and pipe; burnishing (sho-men-zuri) on the hair, collar and black obi; embossed fabric printing (nuno-me-zuri) on the pink and white curtains and on the white and blue cloth behind the lady; embossing (kara-zuri) on the wooden bench.

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 in lower left of the print area:

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

Publisher’s address and firm 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,
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō


Provenance: The website of Lella & Gianni Morra

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