KOTONDO, Torii (1900-1976)
Asanegami (Morning Hair)
This 1957 Riccar Gallery Tokyo lithographic exhibition poster for Kotondo’s controversial woodblock masterpiece was originally published by Ikeda in 1930. Condition is Excellent. Small tears in the white border only (see photos).
“The term, asanegami, literally translated as “hair of a late riser,’ is evocative of the morning following a romantic encounter, and is found in literature as far back as the 8th century, in the anthology Manyoshu. Apparently this was far too lascivious for Japanese authorities in 1930: after only seventy prints had been sold, the government is reported to have confiscated and destroyed the woodblocks and the remaining unsold prints. Although this story has yet to be confirmed, there is no doubt that this is an exceedingly rare print, which is indeed surprising given that it is also breathtakingly beautiful and would have likely, given the opportunity, enjoyed a very successful run of multiple editions. There is little other explanation for the rarity of this design.”*
Dimensions: 28.75” x 20.375”
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*K. Martin, Scholten Japanese Art
KOTONDO, Torii (1900-1976) Asanegami (Morning Hair). Riccar Gallery Exhibition Lithograph Tokyo. 1957