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Title

Doll festival


Artist

KAWABE Isshû

Japan

1941 -


About

Born in Miyasaki Prefecture in Kyushu, where he still lives, Kawabe was educated at Miyazaki University and Saga University of Education. His warmly coloured collage-style prints focus on young girls. In this print he contraposes an innocently naked young girl against the fragmented icons of the Doll Festival. The Doll Festival ('Hina Matsuri') is an annual event for girls held on the 3rd of March. 'Hina' dolls, which constitute a set representing emperor, empress, attendants and musicians in ancient court dress, are hierarchically arranged on tiered platforms, interspersed with miniature accessories and offerings; this practice of displaying dolls each year in the home dates back to the Edo period ( 1600-1867).

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 53, 56.


Details


Alternative title

Sangatsu no onnanoko


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

screenprint


Edition

A.P.


Dimensions

104.0 x 90.0 cm image; 120.0 x 100.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Isshu". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

430.1993


Artist information

KAWABE Isshû

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 49 (colour illus.), 53, 56. cat.no. 25