TWO JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTS COMMEMORATING FREDERICK STARR & NOSATSU.
Frederick Starr was a professor of anthropology at Chicago University who first visited Japan in 1904 and made many subsequent visits. He wrote many papers on Japanese subjects but is probably best known in Japan for his interest in pilgrimage, he dressed in traditional pilgrim’s clothing and performed the Shikoku pilgrimage in 1917 and 1921. He became fascinated with the tradition of nailing name slips (nosatu) to temple pillars; his study of these was published as The Nosatsu Kai in 1917. I believe he was also responsible for forming the first society devoted to nosatsu. He died in Tokyo in 1933.
These two prints were published in Showa 60th year, 1986.
Almost Pop Art imagery.
14.1/2 x 9.7/8 inches. (36.8 x 25 cms) Fine condition. Please study the photographs.
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