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Bunraku samurai

Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Bunraku samurai

by Saitō Kiyoshi, undated

Outskirts of Nara

IHL Cat. #1514

About This Print

An untitled print of a bunraku (puppet) samurai.  Bunraku are another recurring subject for Saitō.  This print, which carries the stamp on its verso of Adachi Colour Print Studio is a bit of a mystery.  Until I came across this print, the only Saitō works printed by Adachi which I was aware of were six or so of his images of children, commonly referred to as his "children of Aizu" printsThe thick application of pigments on this print harkens back to Saitō's work in the 1950s.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1514
 Title untitled (Bunraku samurai)
 Series none
 Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997)
 not signed
 清 Kiyoshi seal
 Publication Date not dated (c. 1960-1980)
 Edition unknown
 Publisher self-published
 Carver self-carved
Adachi Colour Print Studio
アダチ Adachi
stamp appearing on verso
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent 
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
notation on verso
 Format dai oban
 H x W Paper 15 1/8 x 10 in. (38.4 x 25.4 cm)
 H x W Image 15 1/8 x 10 in. (38.4 x 25.4 cm)
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