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Ame (Rain)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1981,0801,0.4

  • Title (object)

    • Ame (Rain)
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print. Woman in kimono with umbrella in rain. 134/200. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1929
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38.3 centimetres
    • Width: 26.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        centre right
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Showa yonen jugatsu
      • Inscription Translation

        Tenth Month of the Fourth Year of Showa
      • Inscription Comment

        printed in black on image
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        centre right
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kotondo ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Drawn by Kotondo
      • Inscription Comment

        printed in black on image
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        below signature
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kotondo
      • Inscription Comment

        artist's seal
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ame
      • Inscription Translation

        Rain
      • Inscription Comment

        blind-stamped
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        lower left margin
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sakai Kawaguchi gohan
      • Inscription Translation

        Joint publication of Sakai and Kawaguchi
      • Inscription Comment

        blind-stamped in two cartouches
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Gaikoku-yuki nihyaku-mai-kagiri zeppan dai hyaku sanjuyon-ban Torii Kotondo
      • Inscription Translation

        For foreign consumption, no. 134 from a limited edition of 200 sheets; Torii Kotondo
      • Inscription Comment

        on printed label filled in in brush and ink
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        reverse with above
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kotondo
      • Inscription Comment

        artist's seal on printed label
  • Curator's comments

    Smith 1994
    This example was reproduced in black and white in Smith, 1983, no.45. As the attached label suggests, it was designed very much with the Western market in mind, presenting an image of the Japanese woman which foreigners preferred to see. It was shown at the Toledo Exhibition in 1930. This taste for young women with parasols or umbrellas had been nurtured by the 'Nihonga' painters Uemura Shoen (1875-1949) and Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878-1973), the latter passing it on to his pupils Shinsui and Kotondo himself. The artist uses here a much older Japanese convention in paintings and prints of representing rain by straight lines, but the low, dramatic point of view shows strong Western influence.

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith 1994 41 bibliographic details
    • Smith 1983 45 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1981

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1981,0801,0.4


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