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MonMon - kneeling on hibachi


 Japanese Silkscreen Print 

MonMon - kneeling on hibachi

by Takeda Hideo, 1976

Takeda Hideo (b. 1948)

IHL Cat. #885

About This Print

In this silkscreen print, one of eleven in the artist's MonMon portfolio, a tattooed Edo-era man, naked except for his fundoshi, sits on a hibachi with iron tongs in hand.  The charcoal brazier is covered with an intricate design that includes a guardian lion dog and the legendary Phoenix.

MonMon, The Series

"MonMon is Takeda's first collection of prints. In it, he used tattoos as a theme in order to push the need for color in cartoons to new limits. It was the first collection published by this artist who tried to extract art from cartoons." - statement from the artist's website1

In 1976, Takeda won the Bungeishunjū Manga Award (文藝春秋漫画賞 Bungeishunjū Manga Shō) for this print series.
MonMon is an Osaka word for "representational or figurative tattooing."2 This word is also associated with the tattoos of yakuza.

The MonMon Portfolio, 1976

1 The artist's website http://takeda.cooh3.com/works/monmon/indexmon.htm
2 Irezumi: The Pattern of Dermatography in Japan, W. R. van Gulik, E. J. Brill, 1982, p. 26.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #885
 Title/Description MonMon - kneeling on brazier
 Series MonMon もんもん
 Takeda Hideo (b. 1948)
 pencil Hideo Takeda signed by artist
 Publication Date 1976
 Edition 16 of 150
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good -  mat burn around image; some toning along edges of print; discoloration upper left margin; toning throughout verso
 Genre contemporary - modern manga
 H x W Paper 23 1/4 x 17 3/8 in. (59.1 x 44.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (40 x 29.2 cm)
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