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Genji E-maki (Set of 4)

Size: 40.0cm by 30.0cm (15.75 in by 11.81 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Okada Yoshio

Era: Late Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 180,000$ 1725.00£ 1285.00€ 1445.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This is the same series of prints that was introduced in the recent video on our YouTube channel - 'Beginnings' - that discussed how Dave first got introduced to Japanese prints. (Dave isn't selling his personal set; the prints you see here are a recent acquisition by Mokuhankan).

The series is entitled 'Genji E-Maki', and consists of four designs by Okada Yoshio, a well-known Japanese illustrator. Okada-san produced an entire series of designs to illustrate the Genji Monogatari story, and they were initially published in a Japanese newspaper in the late 1970s. They were then collected into book form, and four of them were selected by the Yuyudo publishing house for reproduction as woodblock prints, and sold as a set.

Sets occasionally surface with edition numbers on the packaging, but just as frequently, sets are seen without any kind of numbering (as is the case with this group). Just how many of each print were produced is a matter of speculation, but it clearly runs into 'some hundreds' ...

The blocks were carved by Maeda and Matsuda, with the printing being done by Uesugi and Endo.

The dimensions listed above are paper sizes; the images are 34.0 x 28.5 cm ...

 


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