unknown (Meiji Period)

unknown (Meiji Period)


Modern Wardrobe for Women: Change-of-Clothes
(Tosei fujin isho kise)

unsigned, with publisher's seal Marukame han (Fukase Kamejiro) on the top margin, further publisher details below unmarked Meiji date along the left margin, ca. 1900

oban tate-e 14 1/2 by 9 3/4 in., 36.8 by 24.7 cm

Omocha-e (toy prints) were designed for children to play with, this version is a kisekaeningyo (change-of-clothes doll) print which featured a paper doll in the upper right corner identified as a reijo (lady), who can be dressed using the front and back views of alternate outfits. The ensembles are suggested as appropriate for a gakusei (student) and fujin (madam or wife), while the triangular accessory is identified as a shoru (shawl). As omacha-e (similar to fan prints) by their very nature were produced to be used (and merrily abused) by their young owners, intact sheets in good condition are rare.

Although it is unsigned and the date in the margin is not completed, based on the optional hairstyles and clothing this print likely dates to circa 1895-1900. Salter illustrates a similar unsigned print dated 1898 which features a 'big sister' doll with clothing; and a later print dated 1917 by Ikko with with a younger girl doll wearing a bathing suit accompanied by two kimono and one yukata ensemble, accessorized with a wide-brimmed straw hat appropriate for a day at the seaside.

Reference:
Rebecca Salter, Japanese Popular Prints: From Votive Slips to Playing Cards, 2006, p. 135, fig. 140 ('Cut-Out-and-Dress Sea Bathing Print' by Ikko, 1917), and p. 156, fig. 168 ('Big Sister Cut-Out-and-Dress Doll,' unsigned, 1898)

(inv. no. 10-5489)

price: $650

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