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Artist Bairei
Title Long-tailed rakes on a bush
Series Bairei Kacho Gafu – Bairei's Bird and Flower Album
Date December 27, 1883
Publisher Okura Magobei
Format Creped print (reduced from oban size) (5 3/4" X 8 1/8")
Comment Backed
An excellent example of what happens to a print when it is creped. The paper is bunched together in both directions so it shrinks evenly and acquires the texture of crepe fabric. This print is backed; otherwise it would be soft and limp like fabric. The colors become more intense and the lines a little wavy. For a detailed description of the process, see "Ukiyo-e to Shin hanga" by Newland/Uhlenbeck
Price $125.
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