Japanese Omocha-e Woodblock Print. Yoshifuji 1860s.
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1900: item # 1213963
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|A Rare Japanese Woodblock Omocha-e Print by Yoshifuji 1860s. 14 3/8 x 9 3/4 ins. (36.7 x 24.8 cms) In her excellent book, Japanese Popular Prints, Rebecca Salter illustrates several "omocha-e" or toy prints which were aimed at children. Being essentially ephemeral few have survived. In the aforementioned work Ms Salter states that Utagawa Yoshifuji was the master of this genre of prints. In the present example the pictures illustrates the much-loved Japanese Fairy Tale of the Tongue Cut Sparrow (put "tongue cut sparrow" in Google and the first thing up is from pitt.edu which gives details of the story). Yoshifuji (1828 - 1887) was one of the many pupils of Kuniyoshi. The print is in sound condition, it has a minor repair to the bottom right edge and is slightly soiled. All the text, with the exception of the top right cartouche, is written in hiragana phonetics which was easier for children to read. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PRINTING NOT A FACSIMILE OR REPRINT|