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Wong Cho Ping from the series Seihō's Masterpieces


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Wong Cho Ping

from the series Seihō's Masterpieces (set one)

(Seihō's ippin shū)

by Takeuchi Seihō, 1938

IHL Cat. #913

About This Print and the Series Seihō's Masterpieces

This print titled Wong Cho Ping (Wong Tai Sin) was released on July 25, 1938 as part of the first of two sets of sixty-six prints titled Seihō's Masterpieces (a.k.a. Seihō's Masterworks) printed and issued by Unsōdō Publishing

This print, which is also in the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library, was issued as one of three prints in the eighth envelope of set one.  The colophon, shown below, pasted to the envelope, gives the dates of printing and issue, the titles of the prints, copyright information, and information about the publisher.

A combination of print processes (see further discussion see the article "Takeuchi Seihō: Seihō's Masterpieces.") were used for this series and this particular print is likely a woodblock print , although the printing method needs to be confirmed.

Colophon Envelope 8 Set One
Dated July 25, 1938
Date of issue reads Showa 13 (1938), 7th month, 25th day
Date of printing reads Showa 13 (1938), 7th month, 20th day
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Wong Cho Ping
Source: wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wong_Tai_Sin

Wong Tai Sin or Huang Da Xian is a Chinese deity with the power of healing. His name literally translates to the "Great Immortal Wong (Huang)". Wong Tai Sin is the divine form of the individual Huang Chuping or Wong Cho Ping.

The Series "Seihō's Masterpieces"

For images of all sixty-six prints and a description of the series, please go to the article "Takeuchi Seihō: Seihō's Masterpieces."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #913
 TitleWong Cho Ping (黃初平)
To the left is the label attached to the rear of the sheet the print was originally tipped to.  It reads: 

Across the top: 不許複製 All rights reserved

Rightmost column: 竹内栖鳳先生筆 Takeuchi Seihō sensei hitsu with title of print 黃初平 to its left. 

Leftmost column: 芸艸堂 publisher's name Unsōdō, copyright restrictions and addresses of Unsōdō's offices in Kyoto and Tokyo.

 Series Seihō's Masterpieces (栖鳳逸品集 Seihō's ippin shū) (set 1)
 Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942)
 Seal unread seal as shown above
 Publication Date July 25, 1938 - (as printed on colophon for envelope 8 containing the print)
 Edition original and only edition
 Publisher  Unsōdō Publishing
 Printer Shinmi Saburō 新味 三朗
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Miscellaneous removed from its original heavy paper presentation mat
 Genre nihonga (also classed as e-hon, as the series prints exist as bound volumes)
 Format non-standard
 H x W Paper and Image
 15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm )
 Collections This Print New York Public Library, Spencer Collection; Rijksmuseum RP-P-2005-615-20
 Reference Literature The Artist and the Book in Japan, Roger S. Keyes, The University of Washington Press with New York Public Library, December 2006, p. 252-253; The Art of the Japanese Book, 2 vols., Jack Hillier, Sotheby's Publications, 1987, p. 992-993.