Re: Shuncho woodblock

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Posted by Guy Pepermans ( on November 20, 2019 at 15:59:10:

In Reply to: Shuncho woodblock posted by John Lord on November 20, 2019 at 05:04:15:

Thanks Manu. This must be the courtesan Hatsugiku (personal mark: bellflower crest) with assistant from the Sakuraiya during the yearly festival parade in the Gion district in Kyoto. This stencil print (kappazuri-e) was issued by a local publisher Honkata, active from Kansei- to early Bunka era. The likeness or close resemblance (nigao) to the girl's appearance and face, suggests that this print must be early, ca. 1800-1810.
The name of the artist printed in the lower margin left is not read by me; neither is the title or name of the assistant in the upper right corner.

Anyway, these very early Gion kappazuri are extremely rare.


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