Kamisuki (Combing the Hair)

Goyo Hashiguchi


Most popular and beautiful Bijin-ga print is by Goyo Hashiguchi. Published by Tanseisha. Very beautiful silver mica background, embossing to Kimono and very nice colors. Goyo's signature and seal and original date in the image at upper left. Carver name; Sadao Uetani, Printer name; Kurazo Yoneda, Narazaki supervisor's seal, and Tanseisha's publisher seal on the left margin.Goyo returned to Utamaro's favorite female themes "Long Black Hair" (another favorite is female nude), the combing out of the black hair which was normally only visible to members of the woman's immediate family, as hair-styles at this period were always worn up. Goyo was sufficiently confident in the visual and emotional power of the girl's loose hair to dispense with more subtle technical effects of his later prints. This is one of Goyo's popular prints.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 14 and 1/8 x 19 inches
Sheet number: N/A
Date: Originally published 1920. This print is later edition (circa 1980s)
Signed: Goyo's signature and seal in upper left of image.
Condition: Excellent condition. Still tipped original folder. A very faint brown spot in lower right side of image which is almost not noticeable and seems into the paper, not foxing