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- [Tottori]. Kakejiku, hanging scroll, size: 66.4 x 1m. 36 cm., painting size: 54.5 x 41.7 cm., excellent example, no issues, artist brush signed + his red cinnabar Hanko [chop/seal], mounted on brocade silk, clean firm.RARE! *** *** *** . . A JAPANESE POLYCHROME PAINTING . . . SHOWING THE PROCESS OF HAND-MADE PAPERMAKING IN JAPAN . . . A JAPANESE FOLK-ARTISAN CREATES LARGE SHEETS OF WASHI . . . A STUNNING SILK-MOUNTED KAKIJIKU HANGING SCROLL . . . AN ELEGANT & SUPERB JAPANESE FOLK-ART PAINTING . . *** This is a stunning and superb Japanese painting, elegantly mounted on an elaborate brocade-silk cloth, in the Kakejiku or hanging scroll [aka."Kakemono"] format. . *** THE ARTIST: NAKAJIMA Saito [1902-1955]: Saito was born in Tottori prefecture, and was a known painter of great skill. See color examples at Tottori Prefecture Museum below. Bamboo brush signed "Saito," and his red Hanko [seal/chop]. A lovely original polychrome painting. . *** THE SCENE: The scene shows the rear view of a woman hand-making Washi paper. . She stands before a large vat with the raw Kozo fibers floating in water. She utilizes a bamboo framework which supports the paper-making screed, a kind of screen in a frame which catches the fiber-rich mixture, holding the fibers above the screen until congealed. . Then this wet paper is removed for drying. Adjacent to the vat is a well head with fresh water running into a ceramic jar. Behind the papermaker is a large stack of created papers, in the first drying process. To the right of the paper stack is an "Oki" [wooden Japanese bucket] holding sprig of Cherry blossoms, indicating the month of April. . The use of cherry blossoms are indicative of the beginning of a new year, a new season, spring and the cherry blossoms, which only bloom in the remaining cold at the end of winter. It is also a good luck symbol, one of the main superstitious beliefs in Japan about spring and cherry blossoms, the most admired and respected of all Japanese flowers. . *** THE PAINTING: This superb work shows a Japanese woman wearing the traditional rural Kimono for active and creative folk-art efforts in Japanese Washi-making. She uses a framed screen to catch and hold the Kozo fiber mix to create a sheet of Washi paper. . She wears her hair in a bun, to keep it away from the splashing of the Kozo fiber-rich wet vat. She also wears a red strip of cloth, tied over her shoulders and under her arms to keep her Kimono sleeves away from and above the vat. . She utilizes a bamboo frame which gives lift and form to the framed screen while lifting up on the wet vat mixture to create a single sheet of Washi with each swish of the screen. The screen is then rested on the two brown bamboo poles while the excess water runs back into the vat, allowing the Kozo fibers to "fix" into a large sheet of Washi. . Once the major part of the water drains away, this leaves a damp sheet of Washi paper which is placed on the large stack of others behind her. These are later placed on large wooden boards rested on a wall or tree with the fresh damp sheets plastered there upon until dry. . *** THE STUNNING KAKEJIKU MOUNTING: This lovely Kakejiku scroll painting was professionally mounted with the utmost care and skill of the period, utilizing the best of materials. The verso is a laid Washi paper, clean and solid. . The Kakejiku is beautifully mounted using three kinds of silk brocade cloth: a. top and bottom is a stripped crepe-silk, with buff . background and ochre and pale green stripes. . b. below that is the large silk-brocade background, green . floral pattern against a background of gold and green, . with gold high-lights. . c. The two bands above and below the painting are gold- . brocade silk with floral pattern and pale gold . background, with gold pedals and leaf high-lights. . d. There are the two typical Futai [two embroidered-silk . strips] at the top, from the same cloth as item "c" . above. The Tsuyu ["dew drops"] tied ends made
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