Tanabata Festival

by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)

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Tanabata Festival by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)

Harunobu (1724 - 1770) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Tanabata Festival

Adachi Publisher - This beautiful reprint is from the famous Tokyo publisher Adachi, one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Adachi woodblocks were printed to the highest standards of quality with excellent color and fine detail. The Adachi woodblock printers were known to be the best in the business. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images. This print is sealed with the Adachi seal in ink.

Comments - Attractive print celebrating the Tanabata or Star Festival, which honors the annual meeting of Vega (the weaver) and Altair (the herds boy) in the night sky on July 7, two stars that are separated by the Milky Way the rest of the year. The circular inset shows a young woman writing a poem or wish on a piece of paper to decorate bamboo branches for the festival. She looks down lost in though, a brush in one hand and a stack of paper in the other. She wears a pink kimono patterned with irises, tied with a black floral obi. The background features bamboo stalks in white silhouette against a gray ground, with colorful paper slips fluttering in the wind. A lovely image, seldom seen in reprint

Artist - Harunobu (1724 - 1770)

Image Size - 10 3/4" x 7 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.

Tanabata Festival by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Tanabata Festival by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)