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Bijin with sake bowl

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

Japanese Color Offset Lithograph

Bijin with Sake Bowl

(descriptive title for unread title in Japanese)

by Igawa Sengai, c. 1915-early 1930s

Noguchi Kōgai (active c. 1920s-1930s)

IHL Cat. #1798

About This Print

This bijin kuchi-e with its characteristic tri-fold, resulting from its insertion into a popular culture magazine (taishū zasshi), either illustrated a story or served as a frontispiece.

The title of the print 阿艶殿 is in the upper left corner of the print, but I have not been able to translate it.  The name of the printing company, Tokyo Seibidō, appears in the lower left corner of the print, the detail of which is shown below.

About Taishō-Era Bijinga Kuchi-e
Kendall Brown identifies the "golden age" of bijin kuchi-e, illustrations of beautiful women appearing in Taisho-era popular magazines, as the period between 1914 and 1921, with the genre continuing into the 1930s.

For more information on this genre and popular magazines of the period see the article Bijin Kuchi-e and Taisho-Era Popular Magazines on this website. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1798
 Title or Description titled 阿艶殿 in upper left-hand corner of print.
 "Bijin with sake bowl" is a descriptive title.
 Magazine unknown
 Igawa Sengai (1876-1961)
 no signature
sealed 洗厓 Sengai
 Publication Date c. 1915-early 1930s
 Publisher unknown
 PrinterTokyo Seibidō Rotary Offset Printing
東京 精美堂 ロータリー オフセット印刷
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - uneven trimming caused by removal from original magazine; mottled surface from an unknown cause
 Genre bijin kuchi-e
 H x W Paper 11 11/16 x 8 11/16 in. (29.7 x 22.1 cm)
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