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- Natsuyakko (Summer Geisha) -

Kotondo Torii


The wonderful woodblock print "Natsuyakko" (Summer Geisha) is by Kotondo Torii. This is one of "Twelve Aspects of Woman". The young geisha is wearing summer Kimono and has light makeup on. The fresh blue background adds a precious atmosphere to this beautiful print. Light embossing on the fan, hair ornament, and kimono. Please see incredible Bokashi shading and highly detailed carving, especially her individual hairs. Originally published in 1934, this print is a later edition by Aratama Kanko Kai Limited edition of 100 prints published. Printed on beautiful Japanese washi paper with "Sanso" watermarked. Carver's name, Shigeru Koike, Printer's name is Matashiro Uchikawa, Torii's red seal of approval (copyright), and the publisher's red moneybag seal on the lower left margin. Under the box, Limited edition published seal. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 13 inches x 19 inches (33 x 48 cm)
Image size: 10 and 1/8 inches x 16 and 1/8 inches (25.6 x 40.8 cm)
Sheet number: N/A
Date: Originally published in 1934. This print is a later edition.
Signed: Kotondo's signature and seal in the image at the upper left
Condition: Good condition. Minor toning on the upper left margin and some toning on the verso as shown. They are hardly noticeable unless pointed out. Please see the last two pictures. The image part is superb. 


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