Item from the Mokuhankan Flea Market


Size: 20.0cm by 13.5cm (7.87 in by 5.31 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [M] ?

Designer: Kawanabe Kyosai

Era: Recent | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 7,000$ 55.00£ 43.50€ 51.00

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Description: This is an unusual item in our Flea Market catalogue - a freshly made print, but not by us here at Mokuhankan. One of the traditional printers living and working in Tokyo for many years, Mr. Tsutomu Mitamura, has decided to try his hand at issuing some print reproductions himself. He is a huge fan of Kawanabe Kyosai's work, and has begun his publishing activities with a series of reproductions of some of Kyosai's Yokai related designs. He arranged for one of the younger carvers in the traditional crafts association, Kayoko Suga, to do the carving, and did the printing himself.


In the lower part of this print, "Watōnai and The Master of Paper Mache", there is a scene of Daruma dolls suddenly coming to life. An old folk tale went that a master craftsman put his heart and soul into his work so much that his creations took on spirits of their own. In the upper part is the famed tiger hunter Watōnai, with paper mache tigers. He was one of the main characters from the puppet play "The Battles of Coxinga", which was based on the historical figure Koxinga, whose father was Chinese and mother was Japanese, and helped revive the Ming Dynasty.

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