Artist: Kikuchi Keigetsu (菊池契月)

Print: The Heroine Koharu from the series The Complete works of Chikamatsu (Dai Chikamatsu zenshu: 'Shinju ten no amijima' no Koharu)

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Dates: 1922,created
Dimensions: 11.375 in,17.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Keigetsu (桂月)
Carver: Yamagishi Kazue (山岸主計)

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Physical description:

"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

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.

This information is quoted directly from Scholten Japanese Art.


Illustrated in color in The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, Abe Publisher, 2000, #121, p. 94.