Meiji prints

  Design: Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)  
  Print title: Young woman at the sakura bathhouse  
  Album/series title: Edo no Nishiki (Brocade pictures of Edo)  
  Size: 21.1 x 31.6 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Terukata Edo no Nishiki Young woman at the sakura bathhouse


Special effects: burnishing (sho-men-zuri) on the woman’s hair, and on the collar and obi of her kimono. Embossed fabric printing (nuno-me-zuri) on the towels in her mouth and hand.

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).

The text on the lantern outside this public bath-house reads:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ra cherry  
yu bath Cherry bath*)

Artist’s name 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

Printer’s name (from right to left) in bottom left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
yama mountain  
ta rice field Yamada
in stamp  
satsu print printer

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


Provenance: Chris Uhlenbeck’s Hotei Japanese Prints

*) Gratefully acknowledging David Bull for pointing this out to me.

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