Artist: Torii Kotondo (鳥居言人)

Print: Under-kimono or Nagajuban (長襦袢 - embossed at the bottom center)

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Dates: 1929,created
Dimensions: 11.875 in,18.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Dated and signed: Shōwa yonen shichigatsu
(Showa 4 [1929], 7th month)
Kotondo ga (言人画)
Artist's seal: Kotondo
Publisher: Sakai-Kawaguchi
(embossed at the bottom left)

Related links: Chazen Museum of Art; British Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; National Museum of Asian Art; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Nihon no hanga - a private museum in Amsterdam; Nihon no hanga - a private museum in Amsterdam - 2nd edition after Sakai left; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - incomplete keyblock proof with just the red printed; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art;

Physical description:

There is a special attached seal on the back of this print. If you click on the image it will enlarge and you will see the seal in the upper right of the screen below a small version of the front. Click on the seal to see it enlarged.

It reads: "San-hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, dai nanajūshi go, Torii Kotondo (for foreign export, limited edition of 200 printed, number 74, by Torii Kotondo)".

There is also a "Made in Japan" ink stamp on the back, too, plus a handwritten in pencil notation that says: "Senjin Torii - Red Kimono".



1) In 鳥居言人 Torii Kotondo, Gallery Beniya, 1995, p. 26, no. 17.

2) In black and white in 近代日本美人画展 : 伝統木版画を支えた作家たち Exhibition of Modern Japanese Beauties: Meiji, Taishō, Shōwa, Riccar Art Museum, 1982, n.p., no. 83. But this image is also printed in color on the cover of this exhibition.

3) In Ukiyoe Museums in Japan (Nihon no ukiyoe bijutsukan - 日本の浮世絵美術館), vol. 3, p. 43. This example is from the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

4) In black and white in Japanese Woodblock Prints: Tourist Library vol. 10 by Shizuya Fujikake, 1953 edition, p, 96.

5) In color in Japanese Prints: Images of the Floating World, Barry Davies Oriental Art, #205, illustrated on p. 215.

6) In color in The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, Abe Publisher, 2000, #169, p. 127.

7) In color in Seven Masters: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from The Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 190.