Artist: Ishikawa Toraji (石川寅治)

Print: Black cat (黒い猫) from the series Ten Types of Female Nudes (Hadaka Jisshu - 裸女十種)

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Dates: 1935,created
Dimensions: 14.75 in,19.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ishikawa
Reissued by: Matsuzaki Keizaburō (suri)
Carver's seal in the lower left margin:
Yamagishi Kazue 彫 (山岸*計彫)

Related links: Minneapolis Institute of Arts; National Diet Library - photo of this print in black and white - go to #10;

Physical description:

A nude woman is leisurely seated on a a couch, looking down at a cat that rubs her thigh affectionately. The Print is largely in areas of light color which is contrasted with bright detail and lively pattern; particularly striking is the black of the bather's hair repeated in the color of the cat, further stressing the focus between them as they look at each other.

There is another copy of this print in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, but it is not illustrated online.


In 2005 Guinea Bissau produced a sheet of stamps of 9 great modern Japanese prints of nudes created by various artists. This is one of them.


There is another copy of this print in the Akita Art Museum.