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Title

Momoyo-gusa: Ni

1909


Artist

Kamisaka SEKKA

Japan

1866 - 1942


About

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.


Details


Alternative title

World of things: vol.2


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1909


Media categories

Print , Book


Materials used

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

176.1991.2.a-v


Artist information

Kamisaka SEKKA

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 7. cat.no. 2.3

Josefa Green (Editor), TAASA Review, Sydney, Jun 2012, cover (colour illus.). image is of part l, Kikujidô (A boy sitting)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 232 (colour illus.).

Khanh Trinh (Editor), Kamisaka Sekka: dawn of modern Japanese design, Sydney, 2012, 142-151 (colour illus.). cat.no. 82