The Complete works of Chikamatsu, Woodblock Print Supplement: The Heroine Koharu
(Dai Chikamatsu zenshu, furoku mokuhanga: 'Shinju ten no amijima' no Koharu)
her face and hands printed with white lead (or some other pigment which tends to oxidize), and embellished with fine silver mica on her obi, the sheer bow in her hair, the scattered leaf-pattern on her collar, and the metal tip of the pipe; signed Keigetsu, carved by Yamagishi Kazue (1893-1985), and printed by Nishimura Kumakichi, published by Dai Chikamatsu Zenshu Kankokai in April 1922
dai oban tate-e 16 7/8 by 11 3/8 in., 42.8 by 28.8 cm
This is the first print from a collaborative series of 18 prints depicting famous roles from plays written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) which were published to accompany a set of 16 volumes of his work that were issued on a monthly basis starting in April 1922.
Amy Reigle Newland and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, cat. 121
(inv. no. 10-0995)
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