Clothbound book with slipcase; frontispiece (kuchi-e): woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Slipcase: 22.9 x 15.8 x 2.2 cm (9 x 6 1/4 x 7/8 in.); Book: 22.3 x 15.6 x 2 cm (8 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 13/16 in.); Frontispiece: 33.3 x 21.8 cm (13 1/8 x 8 9/16 in.)
Gift of Frederick and Tina Zwegat 2020.82
Modern Japan (Japanese art rotation)
The design of the kimono in the frontispiece set off a fashion trend.
The woodblock-printed image at the beginning of this book portrays Kazue, the heroine of the Osaka-set domestic drama Whirlpool. Originally printed as a serial in the Osaka Asahi Shinbun newspaper, the complete story by author Watanabe Katei (渡辺 霞亭, 1864–1926) was then printed as a set of four volumes, each with an illustration by Kaburaki Kiyokata of Kazue, her daughter, or the two of them together. In the same year, the story was made into a silent movie.
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