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Title

Momoyo-gusa: Ichi

1909

Artist

Kamisaka Sekka

Japan

1866 – 1942

Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
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Alternate image of Momoyo-gusa: Ichi by Kamisaka Sekka
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  • Details

    Alternative title
    World of things: vol.1
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1909
    Media categories
    Print , Book
    Materials used
    folded book: 23 leaves, 20 woodblock prints; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    29.7 x 22.2 cm leaf; 29.9 x 22.4 x 2.0 cm closed book; 29.7 x 44.5 cm open book :

    a - [poem], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, text; leaf a and leaf b

    b - [table of contents], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, text; verso leaf b and leaf c

    c - Momoyo-gusa [Momoyo flowers], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf c and leaf d

    d - Nokiba no ume [A plum tree at the eaves], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf d and leaf e

    e - Kuroki uri [A maple tree seller], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf e and leaf f

    f - Gyoson [A fishing village], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf f and leaf g

    g - Kasugano [Kasuga plain], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf g and leaf h

    h - Yayoi [March], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf h and leaf i

    i - Tatsunami [High waves], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf i and leaf j

    j - Fukami-gusa [Peonies], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf j and leaf k

    k - Yatsu-hashi [Eight folded bridge], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf k and leaf l

    l - Tsuta [Ivy], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf l and leaf m

    m - U-no-hana (Deutzias), 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf m and leaf n

    n - Tadanori (A warrior drawing), 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf n and leaf o

    o - Fuji [Mt Fuji], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf o and leaf p

    p - Suehiro (A folding fan), 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf p and leaf q

    q - Asagao [Morning glories], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf q and leaf r

    r - Hakuhô [A white pheonix], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf r and leaf s

    s - Sato no yuki [Snow in the countryside], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf s and leaf t

    t - Nomiya (A No actor with a mask), 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf t and leaf u

    u - Shirasagi [A white egret], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf u and leaf v

    v - Secchû no take [Bamboo in snow], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, image; verso leaf v and leaf w

    w - [Dates of printing, publication, aritst's name and address, publisher's name and address], 29.7 x 44.5 cm, text; verso leaf w

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with the assistance of the Sidney Myer Fund 1991
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    176.1991.1.a-w
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Kamisaka Sekka

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  • About

    Kamisaka Sekka is considered to be one of Japan’s most significant artists, designers and art instructors of the first half of the 20th century. The three-volume 'A world of things' (Momoyo-gusa) is generally recognised as marking the pinnacle of Sekka’s design career.
    Each volume contains 20 images appropriated from the established Rinpa repertoire, and inspired by Chinese/Japanese legend and folklore: irises, the Thunder god, plum blossoms, deer in autumnal settings, the moon behind waves, the maid of Ōhara and the Chrysanthemum boy, to name but a few. Sekka represents them as crisp, clear shapes defined by areas of opaque, brilliant aniline dyes that are captured from unconventional vantage points. In this way, he successfully re-enlivens these well-worn images and imbues them with a modern touch.

    The title 'Momoyo-gusa’ is taken from a poem by Nobuyuki (dates unknown), which is reproduced on the first page of volume one:

    At first, it was the beauty of the
    cherry blossoms.
    Now, as I grow older, the flowers of
    a hundred worlds (momoyogusa)
    leave seeds in my heart.

    Momoyo-gusa is a poetic name for the chrysanthemum, an autumnal flower. It is enlisted in the above verse as a contrastive note to the cherry blossoms of spring and in turn becomes a comparison of youth with old age. In his title cartouche for the album, the eminent Meiji-era painter and calligrapher Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) sets up a word play by writing the Japanese character for ‘one hundred’ twice, making it thus ‘flowers of ten-thousand worlds’ or ‘a world of myriad things’.

    Kamisaka Sekka: A dawn of modern Japanese design, AGNSW 2012, pg 142.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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