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An album of ca. 84 folding leaves of drawings, many of which are signed and fully annotated by Okada, plus several folding & inserted drawings. 8vo (262 x 182 mm.), cont. wrappers, stitched
[Japan]: ca. 1856-64. Okada (1823-64, who also used the names Tametaka Okada, Tamechika Reizei, Eikyo Kano, or Tamechika Sugawara), was an important figure in the Yamato-e tradition of artists, who preserved traditional subjects and styles of Japanese art. He "copied ancient paintings, sought aristocratic and imperial patrons and actively joined in the contemporary restorationist movements."-Grove Art online. Active in Kyoto, Okada specialized in "painted Buddhist subjects and figures. He first studied Kano style painting before switching to classic Yamato-e. He came under the influence of Ukita Ikkei. He was murdered by a wandering samurai in Tambaichi, Yamato."-Benezit. The manuscript title on the upper cover is "Kamidate zakki; onoborisan no kyomiyage kan jusan" [trans.: "Collection of Notes and Illustrations brought back from Kyoto by a Provincial. Thirteenth Volume" (our translation does not nearly do justice to the wit of this inscription)]. The sketchbook was clearly assembled by Okada, and contains some later additions by his disciples. On the second leaf, Okada has written an index to the album: hairstyles; costumes of the emperor; "kariginu" costumes; costumes and accessories of the aristocrats including brocades and patterns for fabrics; letters and notes; strange occurrences in the Bunkyu era; and extensive personal observations. The first set of illustrations depicts a series of images from the famous "Shinran emaki" and other scrolls and bear Okada's extensive notes stating he copied these as practice. Many types of highly formalized hairstyles are depicted. Some of the images are described as copies of national treasures stored in a temple (whose name we are unable to determine). The next section on the emperor's wardrobe contains Okada's detailed notes stating that he studied certain books to learn about the royal costumes. This set of fine drawings are heightened in orange, red, and grey wash. He describes dyeing techniques and the range of colors. The next section depicts "kariginu" costumes, the daily wear of the nobility. A handsome kicho, a portable multi-panelled silk partition used in aristocratic households in the Heian period, is shown. Following this are sections on brocade patterns (coming from Okada's own collection) and other textile patterns (highly annotated by Okada with his information on the uses of fabrics); and attire for special events. The next section is devoted to the "Tenchugumi Incident" of 1863, a military uprising of conservatives who refused to accept the changes confronting Japan. Three beheaded activists are depicted. This is followed by a series of personal observations. Next are colored patterns for costumes for the "Inuoumono" festival along with men on horseback and details of footgear, swords, etc.; further costumes and patterns; copies of portions of the "Ban dainagon emaki," another national treasure scroll; costumes of the Tale of Genji; copies of portions of the "Kitano tenjin engi emaki," depicting samurai costumes; copies of fine calligraphy of poetry and classic texts along with his illustrations; accounts of royal events with details of who was standing next to whom and wearing what. At the end, there is a large (980 x 550 mm.) folding drawing in brush and wash depicting the royal court, signed by Okada. Also inserted or bound-in are several drawings by students. ❧ See the on-line Mary Griggs Burke Collection website where a signed scroll by Okada is described and illustrated (now at the Minneapolis Institute of Art).
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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