An Unusual Japanese Stencil Printed (Kappazuri-e) Folding Album. Meiji Period 1868-1912
Album 11 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 70 ins. (opened out fully), (29.8 x 6.3 x 178 cms.) The folding album (gajo) has kiri wood (Paulownia) covers each with a hand painted scene. The album is contained in a black lacquered laminated paper case impressed with a pattern of cherry blossom. The gajo contains 5 stencil printed (kappazuri-e) scenes. Each scene shows attractive women engaged in activities exclusive to men in real life.
The condition is very good with no damage or repairs to the gajo. On some sections the paper is creased probably as a result of the gajo being dropped when opened. The case has some nibbles, probably by mice, which have eaten through on one corner and made a small deficiency on the top edge of the outer case. It is possible the piece comes from the Osaka area where stencil printing was often used. The piece was probably a rather superior souvenir of a festival. Such ephemeral things are by their very nature rare survivors,
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PRINTING NOT A FACSIMILE OR REPRINT
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