kuchi-e (frontispiece) for the New Year's issue of Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine); with artist's seal Keishu, 1911
12 by 8 7/8 in., 30.5 by 22.5 cm
A women passes by a water cistern with buckets for fire-fighting as she approaches a temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva Marici. The water container is decorated with a Buddhist swastika and the kanji for hono, meaning 'offering,' and a lively image of a running boar- a reference to the animal vehicle for Marici and an appropriate allusion to the zodiac for 1911, the year of the boar.
Helen Merritt & Nanako Yamada, Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture, 2000, p. 147, no. 6.11
Nanako Yamada, Mokuhan Kuchi-e (Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints), 2006, p. 295
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