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Kamisaka SEKKA

(Japan 1866 – 1942)

Momoyo-gusa: Ni

Location
Not on display
Further information

Kamisaka Sekka, a Kyoto artist, was instrumental in reforming the anachronistic craft designs of his day. While others tried to adopt the European art nouveau style in ceramics, lacquerware and textiles, Kamisaka worked with craftspeople, providing them with his Rinpa-inspired designs. His three-volume illustrated book 'Momoyo-gusa (the world of things), published in 1909, is an important example of the early 20th century adaptation of Rinpa-style designs. Reproduced in woodblock prints, Kamisaka's images freshly reinterpret classical subjects using the 'wash' technique characteristic of the school.

Kikujido (child of the benevolent chrysanthemum) is a figure from Chinese legend. A page boy at the time of the ancient dynasty of Western Zhou, he was banished from court and sent into exile, where he drank from a stream in which chrysanthemum flowers had been soaked and obtained immortality. The story was a popular theme for painting and craftworks and was made into a No play.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.232.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
1909
Media
Print, Book
Medium
folded book, 22 leaves; 20 prints, colour woodcut
Dimensions
29.8 x 22.2 cm leaf; 29.9 x 22.2 x 2.2 cm closed book; 29.9 x 44.6 cm open book :
a - [table of contents]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; text; leaf a and leaf b
b - Otsu-e (Folk picture in Otsu); 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf b and leaf c
c - Yanagi sakura [A willow and cherry blossoms]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf c and leaf d
d - Shibaraku (A Kabuki character]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf d and leaf e
e - Shôfu (A woodcutter]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf e and leaf f
f - Asazuma-bune (A noble man on the boat); 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf f and leaf g
g - Ume [A plum tree]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf g and leaf h
h - Hikifune [Pulling the boat]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf h and leaf i
i - Tsuru [Cranes]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf i and leaf j
j - Obana ni tsuki [Pampas grasses and the moon]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf j and leaf k
k - Eji (A guard); 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf k and leaf l
l - Kikujidô (A boy sitting); 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf l and leaf m
m - Hanazashi-guruma [A cart with flowers]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf m and leaf n
n - Ajisai [Hydrangeas]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf n and leaf o
o - Odori [Dancing]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf o and leaf p
p - Chabo [Bantams]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf p and leaf q
q - Fuji [Wisterias]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf q and leaf r
r - Bokudô [A cowboy]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf r and leaf s
s - Kuji [Puppies]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf s and leaf t
t - Kaminari [The thunder god]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf t and leaf u
u - Sazanami [Ripples]; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; image; verso leaf u and leaf v
v - [dates of printing, publication, artist's name and; 29.8 x 44.5 cm; text; verso leaf v
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with the assistance of the Sidney Myer Fund 1991
Accession number
176.1991.2.a-v