Natsuyakko (Summer Geisha)

Kotondo Torii

1887

This "Natsuyakko" (Summer Geisha) is one of "Twelve Aspects of Woman". This Bijin-ga print shows cool beauty very well. Young geisha is wearing summer Kimono and has light makeup on. Fresh blue background adds precious atomosphere to this beautiful geisha. Light embossing on the fan, hair ornament, and kimono. Please see incredible Bokashi shading and very highly detailed carving, specially her individual hairs. Very Japanese in every respect. Perfect Japanese Bijin-ga print. published 1934. This print is later edition by Aratama Kanko Kai (Foreign people call Ishu Kanko kai). Limited edition of 100 prints published. Printed on the beautiful Japanese Washi paper with "Sanso" water marked. Carver name, Shigeru Koike, Printer name is Matashiro Uchikawa and Torii red seal of approval (copyright) and publisher red moneybag seal on the lower left margin. Under the box, Limited edition published seal. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 13 inches by 19 inches (33 x 48.2 cm)
Image size: 10 and 1/4 inches by 16 and 1/4 inches (26 x 41 cm)
Sheet number: N/A
Date: Originally published 1934. This print is later edition.
Signed: Kotondo's signature and seal in the image at upper left
Condition: Pristine condition.