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Mizuno Toshikata, Japanese, (1866–1908)
Viewing Chrysanthemums / Kikumi, 1902
Ink on paper
12 x 8 7/8 in. (30.48 x 22.61 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: 2014.1.6


Commentary
Kuchi-e (frontispiece illustration), made for popular literary magazines largely aimed at the female readers in the Meiji-Taisho era. This is illustration depicts a girl adding chrysanthemums to her hair ornament. Bungei Kurabu was a very popular literary magazine in the Meiji-Showa era.

Literature: Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada, Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000. ISBN 0-8248-2073-8 In this book, Kuchi-e adn the Meiji-era society are described in detail. (Artelino)

Marks
This work bears the artist's signature ("Toshikata") and seal.

Medium
ink and colors on paper

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