Kotondo: Sitting beauty
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Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
A graceful young beauty dressed in a light under-kimono, sitting on a zabuton pillow. She is holding a fan with the silhouette of Mt. Fuji. Her plunging collar neckline suggests subtle eroticism.
Title: Nagajuban (The long undergarment) – in embossed printing in bottom margin
Signature: Kotondo saku
Publisher: Sakai & Kawaguchi (embossed square seal in left margin)
Date: Shôwa 4, 7th month (July 1929)
Size: Vertical Dai-Oban, 40,8 cm x 26 cm (image size)
First state. Excellent impression in still very good colours. Paper slightly age-toned, with foxing and weak stains. Verso in side margin embossed edition stamp (partly trimmed, no number inserted).
One of the most popular and sought after Shin Hanga beauties.
Illustrated (this ed.) in: The Female Image. Leiden 2000, p. 127, No. 169-1. Cf. also British Museum No. 1981,0731,0.2; Nihon no Hanga Collection No. P0541; Freer/Sackler (Robert O. Muller Collection), No. S2003.8.2544; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, No. 1990.8.5; Minneapolis Institute of Art, No. 2002.161.71