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Takeuchi Keishu, Japanese, (1861–1943)
Bijin in Boat on the Water (part of a book) , 1901
Ink on Paper
12 3/16 in. x 8 11/16 in. (31 cm x 22 cm)


Object Type: Book
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: 2004.1.12


Full Title: Conversation (kuchi-e)

Edition
Very good impression. The colors are very good with lacquer-shomenzuri patterns on the hair.

Marks
Seal: Keishu.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock print depicting young beauty in a small boat on the water near vegetation. Her arm is in the water, and a black umbrella is behind her. The illustration is for the novel "Koshin no Chikai" published in Bungei Kurabu magazine vol. 7, no.9. The kuchi-e is still attached to the original book (falling apart; only a few pages left) with a few advertisements and interesting old photographs of Meiji Era beauties plus a photo titled, "German New Fashion; Japanese Geisha Dance in Berlin" featuring three German ladies in geisha costume.

Publisher
Bungei Kurabu.

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