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Japanese Color Woodblock Print 


by Kotozuka Eiichi, c. 1948

IHL Cat. #313

About This Print

This print of a woman from the town of Ohara has been attributed to both Tokuriki Tomikichiro (1902-2000) and Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-1979).  As can be seen below, at least one edition of this print carries Kotozuka's name in English script in the margin; one carries Tokuriki's signature in English in the lower right of the image; and this collection's edition carries the notation "PRINT" followed by "T. Tokuriki" in English script and one carries no signature.  All of the prints seem to have been made from the same blocks.  Kotozuka did several prints for Uchida that showed Ohara farmers, so my guess is that the design is Kotozuka's and the printing was done by their joint publishing company Koryokusha, established in 1948.  The Artelino website attributed the print to Kotozuka and lists as a source the Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, "Kyoto no Kindai Hanga" (Modern Prints of Kyoto), 1986., - pl. 168.  As to the seal (see seal picture in Print Detail table below) it may be some variation of Kotozuka's self-printed seal "Toku kako za".


 T. Tokuriki printed in English script bottom right of image
no artist signature

IHL Cat. # 313 "PRINT" followed by "T. Tokuriki" hand written in English script


Source: Japan The Official Guide, Tourist Industry Bureau Ministry of Transportation (ed.), Japan Travel Bureau, 9th edition, 1962, p. 712.
Ohara women "carry heavy loads on their heads and they have a very fine bearing.  Their dress also is peculiar, as they wear narrow obi (sashes), and cover their heads with kerchiefs while over their legs and arms they wear white cotton-cloth.  Parties of these naive peasant-women may frequently be seen in the streets of Kyoto, selling flowers or carrying heavy merchandise."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #313
 Title Oharame (Maiden from Ohara)
 Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-1979)
 not signed
 Seal unread artist's seal
 Date c. 1948
 Edition unknown
 Publisher  likely by Koryokusha
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light toning; light wrinkling throughout; mounting residue verso in 4 corners
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format dai oban
 H x W Paper 15 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. (39.1 x 26 cm)
 H x W Image
 14 1/4 x 9 in. (36.2 x 22.9 cm)
 Collections This Print
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