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Mizuno Toshikata, Japanese, (1866–1908)
Statue of Eros (kuchi-e), c. 1900
Ink on Paper
6 9/16 in. x 8 11/16 in. (16.67 cm x 22.07 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: 2005.1.3

Fine colors; fine impression with gauffrage.


Colored ink on paper; aiban yoko-e.

Object Description
A woodblock print depicting a kneeling woman finding a love-letter from her lover while her maid peers from behind a drape. In the foreground stands a gift of a Western style statue of Eros that arrived with the letter. A very rare kuchi-e design.

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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