Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
This series of gorgeous bijin-ga prints was published by Ishukankokai in the 1980s as a limited edition. It has been said that the edition size was only 100 prints, with the series being sold out in a very short time. The two prints 'Heron Daughter (Sagi Musume)' by Tsunetomi Kitano (1880-1947) and 'Expression of Eyes (Hitomi)' by Kiyoshi, Kobayakawa (1898-1948) are the shining stars of this series and are much sought-after by collectors.

Deluxe printing techniques enhance each of the prints, including deep embossing, silver or pearl mica backgrounds, gold and/or silver metallic pigments, and hand applied 'gofun' pigments. Each print is housed in a deluxe windowed folder, and the entire 12-print collection is housed in a canvas tatou album. A large 12-page brochure, with forward by Narazaki (the supervisor of this series) and explanations of each of the print scenes is included in the series.

Twelve Aspects of Fine Women

Artist: Kiyoshi, Kobayakawa (1898-1948)
Title: Expression of Eyes (Hitomi)
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1930 June
Print no.: 1

Artist: Chigusa Kotani (1890-1945)
Title: Dance
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1922
Print no.: 2

Artist: Shima, Seien (1892-1970)
Title: After the Bath
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1924
Print no.: 3

Artist: Shiun Kondo (a.c. 1912-1945)
Title: Iris
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1932
Print no.: 4

Artist: Ikeda, Terukata (1883-1921)
Title: Noren (Beauty Under a Curtain)
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1910s
Print no.: 5

Artist: Goyo, Hashiguchi (1880-1921)
Title: Woman in a Tree Grove
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1910s-1921
Print no.: 6

Artist: Shuho, Yamakawa (1898-1944)
Title: Tokyo Station At Present
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1942
Print no.: 7

Artist: Shunsen, Natori (1886-1960)
Title: Long Undergarment
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1928
Print no.: 8

Artist: Koka Yamamura (Toyonari) (1885-1942)
Title: Maiko
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1924
Print no.: 9

Artist: Kodo, Yamanaka (1869-?)
Title: Actress
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1929
Print no.: 10

Artist: Tsunetomi Kitano (1880-1947)
Title: Heron Daughter (Sagi Musume)
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1925
Print no.: 11

Artist: Hakutei, Ishii (1882-1958)
Title: Shibaura
Series: Twelve Aspects of Fine Women
Date: 1912
Print no.: 12

Twelve Aspects of Fine Women brochure

Original series brochure

The brochure states the series is a limited edition, with each print costing 19,000 yen. That is about $190 without accounting for inflation, so the prints were very expensive to purchase in the 1980's.

Twelve Aspects of Fine Women brochure

Original series brochure


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