Lady Kesa Cutting Her Hair
kuchi-e (woodblock printed frontispiece) for the novel Kesa Gozen published in vol. 4, no. 30 of Bungei Kurabu (popular literary magazine), the hair highlighted with shomenzuri (burnishing); signed Oju Eisen ga, sealed Eisen, 1898
8 7/8 by 11 7/8 in., 22.5 by 30.3 cm
Helen Merritt, and Nanako Yamada, Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture, 2000, pp. 40-41, no. 3.4; pp. 218-219 (artist's biography)
Nanako Yamada, Mokuhan Kuchi-e (Survey of Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints), 2006, p. 310
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. JP3294
(inv. no. C-3276)
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