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Kamisaka Sekka

(Japan 1866 – 1942)

Momoyo-gusa: San

Location
Lower Asian gallery
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.

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

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
1910
Media
Print, Book
Medium
folded book: 23 leaves, 20 woodblock prints; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
29.9 x 22.3 cm leaf; 30.0 x 22.3 x 2.2 cm closed book; 30.0 x 44.8 cm open book :
a - [table of contents]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; text; leaf a and leaf b
b - Haru no denka [Rice puddies and houses in spring]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf b and leaf c
c - Suminoe [Suminoe shore]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf c and leaf d
d - Aki no yoru [Autumn night]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf d and leaf e
e - Kikukiri [Chinese bellflowers]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf e and leaf f
f - Haru no taomo (Rice puddies in spring); 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf f and leaf g
g - Rokkasen [Six immortal poets]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf g and leaf h
h - Ryû (A dragon); 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf h and leaf i
i - Boshun [Late spring]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf i and leaf j
j - Tôi (Fulling clothes); 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf j and leaf k
k - Hanakago [A flower basket]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf k and leaf l
l - Hotei [A god with a potbelly]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf l and leaf m
m - Uchiwa [Round fans]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf m and leaf n
n - Sonare no matsu (Pine trees on the seashore); 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf n and leaf o
o - Yoshino [View of Yoshino]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf o and leaf p
p - Tsurezure (Tedium); 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf p and leaf q
q - Hana-bune [A boat filled with flowers]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf q and leaf r
r - Boshû (Late autumn); 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf r and leaf s
s - Nakakuni; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf s and leaf t
t - Fuyu no kawa [A river in winter]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf t and leaf u
u - Nana-kusa [The seven spring herbs]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; image; verso leaf u and leaf v
v - [dates of printing, publication, artist's name and address, publisher's name and address]; 29.9 x 44.7 cm; text; verso leaf v
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased with the assistance of the Sidney Myer Fund 1991
Accession number
176.1991.3.a-v