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by Yamamura Koka (1885-1942) Toyonari

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Artist: Yamamura Koka (1885-1942) Toyonari 山村耕花
Title: Maiko
Date 1st edition?1924
Date of this artwork?2000s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe Shoichiro 渡辺章一郎
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 34549
Notes (1st edition)?Title Maiko
Artist Toyonari Yamamura 1885-1942
Signature Toyonari.
Seal Red seal (toyonari) on the left margin.
Dated 1924.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.

Description "Maiko".
Width Item 11.0 inches = 28.0 cm
Height Item 15.7 inches = 40.0 cm
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Friday, 12 November 2010

A Maiko Girl
Date: originally published 1920 by Watanabe, this is a later edition hand printed from the original wood blocks
Size: oban, with full margins, 11.5" X 16.25"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration, very fine silver mica background
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: See page 90 of The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, Hotei, 2000
The appearance of an apprentice geisha in Kyoto in the 1920s. The word Maiko literally translates to “dancing child” (mai = dance, ko = child), but is also referred to as “dancing girl.” A Maiko is an apprentice Geisha who must must undergo a period of training that generally takes 5 years, where she learns the various gei (arts) such as dancing, singing, and music before she becomes a Geisha. Maiko is also a feminine Japanese given name.

This print marks the first time since the Watanabe began issuing its line of atozuri prints in the late '90s, that blocks have been located for a pre-earthquake design. According to Shoichiro Watanabe, the blocks for this design was returned to the Toyonari family after printing, and so they were not in the Watanabe studio when it was destroyed in the fire following the Great Kanto Earthquake of October 1923.

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