Shunsen Katsukawa, Yaoya Ohichi and Kichisaburo, Hashira-e, Pillar Print

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Artist: Shunsen Katsukawa (1762 - c. 1830)
Title: Yaoya Ohichi and Kichisaburo
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
Date: c. 1806 - 1820
Size: 61.4 x 10.2 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Hashira-e, or pillar prints, is a narrow print format originally intended for decoration of the supporting pillars in traditional Japanese houses. The prints would have been pasted to the pillars and exposed to the elements of the Japanese household, making those that have survived very rare collectibles. While these more unusual sizes present their own challenges to the printing process, they also allow the artist to be experimental, imaginative, and innovative with the design’s compositional limitations.

Subjects range from the traditional portrayals of bijin (beautiful women), to legendary figures and heroes, to birds and flowers, in a limited space brimming with artistic imagination and expression.

More Information
Print Format Hashira-e (Pillar Print)
Artist Name Shunsen Katsukawa
Title Yaoya Ohichi and Kichisaburo
Subject Male & Female
Dimensions 61.4 x 10.2 cm
Condition Report Discoloured, pinholes, wear and soiled, top panel and bottom panel attached.

Shunsen Katsukawa