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Courtier with Two Cormorants (kuchi-e)

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Kobori Tomoto, Japanese, (1864–1931)
Courtier with Two Cormorants (kuchi-e), c. 1888
Ink on Paper
8 13/16 in. x 11 3/8 in. (22.38 cm x 28.89 cm)


Object Type: print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.100


Edition
Fine impression.

Marks
Signature and rectangular red seal in the lower right.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print (kuchi-e) on off-white paper.

Object Description
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print depicting a Heian courtier feeding his two pet Cormorant used for fishing. This kuchi-e may have been made for "Picture Collection," a magazine of art history.

See: Merritt, Helen; Nanako Yamada, "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture", Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8248-2073-8.

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