"A Straw Sandal Maker"
From: "Korean Customs and people" series.
Publisher: Kyoto Hanga-in.
Publisher seal: On the lower right margin.
Date: Circa 1950
Paper size: 10 and 3/8 x 15 and 3/4 inches
Image size: 9 and 1/2 x 14 and 1/4 inches
Signed: "Mamoru" (Kanji lettering) on the lower left of the image
Format: Oban tate-e
More information on this Very fine woodblock print by Mamoru Hiyoshi:
This print shows a scene of straw sandal maker's life. Father is making a straw sandal, the mother is sewing by the Irori (a type of traditional sunken hearth common in Japan), children are playing "Mari asobi" (very traditional girl's playing in Japan) near the parents. Outside Shoji door is hanging persimmons. This is a very common daily life in Japan. However, this subject is Japanese life by Japanese in Korea at that time.
Hiyoshi lived in Korea before World War II. He was a painter and active in mainly Korean painting circle. Therefore a lot of his subjects are based on Korea.
In addition, many Japanese lived in Korea in those days. He produced many prints about Japanese life, manners, and customs in Korea as well as Korean manners and customs.
Village Life Artist Mamoru Hiyoshi 20th century Seal artist's seal Dated ca. 1950s Publisher Kyoto-hanga in Technique/Medium Woodblock print Impression excellent Colors excellent Condition excellent - very good … slight toning. Description Peaceful scene of a Japanese rural family. Father is making traditional sandals from rice stalks. Mother is sawing next to the sunken hearth. Children are playing with balls. Rows of dried persimmons are hanging from the roof and casting shadows on the shoji screen.
Reverse is Blank
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