MISHIMA Shoso -- "Singing Cricket"

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Artist MISHIMA, Shoso (1856-1928)
Title "Singing Cricket"
Date 1903
Series "Bungei Kurabu" (literary magazine) vol. 09, no. 11.
Publisher unk
Seal, Carver/Printer unk
Image Size 8 3/4 x 11
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to fan, kimono, and background; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to kimono; "burnishing" to hair; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Strong colors. (Two folds typical of "kuchi-e".)
Reference/Illus See Article #10: "Kuchi-e," or Literary Magazine Frontispieces.
Comments Beautiful image of bijin-ga listening to the cricket atop the fan's curved top edge. An illustration to the 1903 novel "Musi no Ne."
A seldom seen design.
Item # EG-639
Price $285 (Sold/PDT)