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Mizuno Toshikata, Japanese, (1866–1908)
Samurai and Koto Player - Kyokusui, 1899
Ink on paper
8 13/16 x 12 1/8 in. (22.4 x 30.7 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: 2015.1.5

This is a Kuchi-e (frontispiece illustration). Kuchi-e were created for popular literary magazines largely aimed at the female readers in the Meiji-Taisho era. Kuchi-e was published by newly established publishers such as Bungei Kurabu, Shunyodo and Suznado. Bungei Kurabu was a very popular literary magazine in the Meiji-Showa era.

In the upper left inset of this piece, a stern-looking samurai is depicted. There are shomen-zuri patterns on the woman's hair. This image is the frontispiece illustration for the novel "Kyokusui" in Bungei Kurabu, vol. 5 no. 13.

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 and the Meiji-era society are described in detail.


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

ink and colors on paper

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