Category Archives: Uchiwa-e woodblock prints

BULLFINCH AND PEONY (Utsushi Rinsai)

Fine polychrome woodblock print of the uchiwa-e (団扇絵) type, that is intended for the decoration of a bamboo uchiwa (団扇) fan, made around 1880 by the famous artist Utsushi Rinsai (芝琳斎) and depicting peony flowers (牡丹), a bullfinch (ウソ) and, in the lower right, a small bee (蜜蜂).

Master Rinsai was active in Tokyo between 1869 and 1890. His artistic activity was focused entirely on kacho-ga (花鳥画) images of flowers and birds, made in a dynamic and sometimes unusual way, that is combining traditional Japanese landscapes with the addition of particular decorative Western techniques.

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COUPLE OF CRANES ON THE SEASHORE (Araki Kanpo)

Elegant polychrome woodblock print of the uchiwa-e (団扇絵) type, that is intended for the decoration of a bamboo uchiwa (団扇) fan, made around 1897 by the artist Araki Kanpo (荒木寛畝) and depicting a couple of Manchurian cranes (丹頂) on the seashore.

The uchiwa fan is one of the most popular accessories of Japanese women since the 6th century and, born as an object of daily use, it soon became also a small work of art to be carried as a manifestation of the mood as well as of good taste.

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JAPANESE CRANE (Iijima Koga)

Elegant polychrome woodblock print of the uchiwa-e (団扇絵) type, that is intended for the decoration of a bamboo uchiwa (団扇) fan, made in the second half of the nineteenth century by the artist Iijima Koga (飯島光峨) and depicting a Manchurian crane (丹頂), also known as Japanese crane.

The uchiwa fan is one of the most popular accessories of Japanese women since the 6th century and, born as an object of daily use, it soon became also a small work of art to be carried as a manifestation of the mood as well as of good taste.

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