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Morning Hair - Asa Negami

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Morning Hair - Asa Negami 朝寝髪
by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

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Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) 鳥居言人
Title: Morning Hair - Asa Negami 朝寝髪
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1931/11
Date of this artwork?1980s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Ikeda 池田
Publisher (this edition)?Ishukankokai 遺珠刊行会
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 37153
Notes (1st edition)?Artist Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

Title: Morning Hair
Date Of Work: 1931 November (confirmed)
Publisher: Ikeda
Dimensions: 19 x 11.75 inches
Limited edition of only 100 prints, after which the blocks were destroyed.
Scene number 1 among 12 Ikeda published scenes.
Notes: Very rare. Kotondo's most famous design. The police banned this scene under the "Peace Preservation Law" of 1928, and confiscated the prints and blocks after 70 impressions had been printed. Why? Because of that comb in the lower right corner (too sexually suggestive. Go figure!). Ikeda marked all unsold prints with an X, gouged the blocks, and then handed them into the police (the above data is from the publisher Ikeda Tomizo's brother). So this means the actual number of prints that were sold is extremely low - maybe 30 or less, as we would expect given the rarity of this scene. To date the highest edition number I have confirmed is no. 28, so I think my estimate of 30 prints in circulation is likely.

Re-issued in the series "Twelve Aspects of Women" circa August 23, 1988.
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:

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Shin Hanga: Twelve Aspects of Women - Morning Hair
Lot AU3
Artist: Torii Kotondo

Format: Large oban tate-e: 19" x 13" approx

Subject: Morning Hair, from the series Twelve Aspects of Women.

A beauty has just woken up, eyes half open and her hair unkempt.

With red moneybag seal and numbered seventeen from the memorial limited edition.

Publisher: I-shu Kanko Kai

Date: Originally in 1930, this edition 1970s.

Condition: Full size. Minor creases. Generally fine state. In original folder as issued.

Colour: Fine

Impression: Fine with gauffrage

Artist Bio: Torii Kotondo (or Torii Kiyotada VIII) is renowned for his paintings and shin hanga prints of beautiful women. His woodblock prints, superbly carved and printed, are comparable with those of Hashiguchi Goyo and Ito Shinsui. Kotondo was born with the name Saito Akira in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo. He was the only son among the five children of Torii Kiyotada, the seventh Torii master. The Torii school had a long tradition of painting and printmaking for the Japanese theater, extending back to the seventeenth century. Kabuki theater was still very popular in the early twentieth century and prints and painted posters were the primary means of publicity. Although Kotondo was mainly interested in studying history and archaeology, it was assumed that he would follow in his father's footsteps and join the Torii school. At age 14, Kotondo agreed to leave school and begin studies with Kobori Tomone, a yamato-e painter. Along with painting classes, Tomone taught Kotondo about the court and military practices of ancient Japan, satisfying his interest in history. A year later, he was officially adopted as the next heir of the Torii school and assumed the artist's name 'Kotondo'. While still studying with Tomone, he began designing illustrations for a theatrical magazine, Engei Gaho ('Entertainment Illustrated Magazine'), and painted kabuki posters and billboards.

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