Re: Utamaro woodblock print


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Posted by Guy Pepermans (84.197.53.237) on October 18, 2016 at 14:28:59:

In Reply to: Utamaro woodblock print posted by Serena on October 15, 2016 at 16:17:56:

IMO, this must be a later reprint from recarved blocks, probably issued in the Meiji period. Your copy has no narrative text in the design and the hiragana characters in the title cartouche were ommited. The colour scheme doesn't match (no reds were used in the original edition) and the publisher's mark of Tsuruya Kiemon is also lacking.

Please compare with an original in the collection of the MFA Boston:
http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/no-2-from-the-series-women-engaged-in-the-sericulture-industry-joshoku-kaiko-tewaza-gusa-246223

For an overview of the complete series of twelve prints:
http://yajifun.tumblr.com/image/545294288

Guy.


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