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Shirabe (Enchanting Melody) 

Shinmei Kato


Beautiful woodblock print "Shirabe" (Enchanting Melody) is by Shinmei Kato (1910-1998). Lovely Maiko is playing the Japanese 鼓(Tsuzumi - traditional hand drum) which is used in traditional Japanese music. This is a gorgeous Bijin-ga woodblock print with spectacular colors. Beautifully embossed. You can see the beautiful Baren mark on the background. Her hair ornament, make-up, and nail polish are soft pink color like a cherry blossom. And these add a precious and fresh atmosphere to this beautiful print. 

Published by Takamizawa. The title "Shirabe" on the upper right margin. Carver name "Shigeru Koike" and Printer name "Hiroshi Orihara" on the lower left margin. "Hanken Shoyu - Kondo Koshiro" (Copyright - Koshiro Kondo) on the lower right margin. Edition number "121/300" in Japanese old Kanji is stamped on the label on verso. Artist hand-signed "Shinmei" and red "Takamizawa" publisher seal on the label on verso as well.  Watermarked "Shinmei" on the upper left margin (corner).   

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 17 and 3/4 inches x 20 and 3/4 inches (45 x 52.7 cm)
Image size: 14 and 7/8 inches x 17 and 7/8 inches (37.7 x 45.5 cm)
Sheet number: 121/300
Date: 1979 (Showa 54 )
Signed: Artist name and red seal in the upper right of the image.
Condition Pristine condition, Full margins.  Very bold and beautiful. 


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