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- Object: Kakusei jo 鶴声帖 (Album of the Crane's Cry)
Illustrated book, folding album. One volume. Verses with accompanying illustrations; four main designs and three images of cranes. Colour woodblock-printed.
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Height: 24.80 centimetres
Width: 18.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The main illustrations in this haikai poetry anthology are by the Shijo artists Donshu, Seiki and Oda Kaisen. This striking title page, after characters written by the Kyoto calligrapher Matsumoto Kensai, is in the '(imitation) stone print' (ishi-zuri) technique. Damp paper was forced into the sunken portions of a carved woodblock and then the exposed areas of paper were blackened with an ink-filled pad. Even after the paper is removed from the block, tell-tale creases are still visible in the areas of white reserve. Here the splitting and 'fly' (hane) of the fast-moving brush has been painstakingly reproduced to suggest the energy and excitement of the original calligraphy. (Label copy, TTC 1997)
Hillier and Smith 1980
The pictorial accompaniment to the verses in this book consists of four main designs, by the 'Shijo' and 'Nanga' artists Donshu, Nikka, Seiki and Gekkei Mototada (Oda Kaisen), and three sheets of cranes, each bird signed by a different artist and including such prominent names as Keibun, Toyohiko, Toyo, Ozui and Kiho.
Hillier, J, 'The Uninhibited Brush. Japanese Art in the Shijo Style', London, 1974, pp. 269, 277, 293, 299 and 327 (the end-papers reproduce some of the cranes referred to above).
Mitchell, C H, with the assistance of Ueda, Osamu, 'The Illustrated Books of the Nanga, Maruyama, Shijo and Other Related Schools of Japan. A Biobibliography', Los Angeles, 1972, p. 332.
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Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.297 (Hillier no.)