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Portable Shrine Festival


Japanese Color Stencil Print 

Portable Shrine Festival

by Mori Yoshitoshi, c. 1960

Toy Horse

IHL Cat. #1017

About This Print

A dozen revelers carry a movable shrine, an omikoshi, tipping it from side to sideduring a festival.

While almost all of Yoshitoshi Mori's prints are stencil prints, this print appears to be at least partially created using woodblock given the baren marks on the back, as shown below.

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verso showing marks from rubbing with a baren

Omikoshi お神輿 is a portable Shinto shrine for the gods and spirits carried by the parishioners of a shrine during festivals.  It is paraded around local areas and signifies the warding off of misfortune and wishing for the happiness of its people. Rocking the omikoshi invigorates the deity and enlivens the land.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1017
 Title Portable Shrine Festival お祭りお神輿
 Mori Yoshitoshi (1898-1992)
 Yoshitoshi Mori in graphite
 Seal of Artist
義利 Yoshitoshi
 Date c. 1960 [based upon Mita Arts Gallery catalog no. 12 dating]
 Edition unknown
 Publisher self-published
 Printer the artist
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 16 3/8 x 12 in. (37.1 x 32.7 cm)
 H x W Image 11 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.  (24.4 x 17.8 cm)
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