Kuchi-e were woodblock prints used as foldout frontispieces for novels or inserts into magazines from around 1895 to 1915. They were meant as a visual aid and as a sales promotion at the same time.
In competition with Western lithographic or photo-mechanical printing techniques modern to the times, kuchi-e were usually well executed, sometimes in deluxe printing with such lavish techniques as mica or embossing. The main subjects were bijin-ga or beautiful women, often in a Western style presaging the Taisho modern women.
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"Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints" by Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada.
Size: 11.5 x 8.5 inches
Media: Woodblock Print
Condition: Very good - as with all kuchi-e, two faint fold marks
Price: $375.00 USD