KOTONDO -- "Combing the Hair" (Nude) (#4)

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Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Combing the Hair" (Nude)
Date 1929
(Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's.)
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai Publisher
Seal, Carver/Printer Itoh Susumu/Watanabe Yoshiaki; watermarked.
Image Size 10 1/4 x 16 1/4
Impression Very Fine.
Superb "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to entire body, hair, and background; light "gauffrage" to outlines of body, arms, and legs; bold "sujizuri" tracings to background; highly detailed carving.
Condition Good to Very Good. (Some scattered wrinkles; small rubbing to arm.)
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #170; Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition," Plate #129.
Comments Lifetime total 21 images (most 1927-34). "Re-strike" published as a small, immediately sold out edition (100 copies) in the mid-1980's by Ishukankokai Publisher of Tokyo (with red "moneybag" seal).
Print is without the usual "red publisher's moneybag" seal--likely a publisher's "proof" printing prior to edition.
Item # DG-708
Price $775 (MIA)