The illustration shows a samurai
kneeling next to his opponent and looking at his kozuka
(by-knive as part of sword mounting). Maybe that he could forestall a sword attack by throwing his kokuza
and knocking out his opponent.
Beautiful and rare print!Kuchi-e
are woodblock prints which were printed for the publication in Japanese novels and literary magazines. Produced at the turn of the century (1868-1912).
The translation of Kuchi-e
means "mouth images". Seen that way, they are, if you like, the precursors of the later mangas
Format: approx. 27 x 21 cm.
Year of publication: around 1880
Condition: Clean sheet. Corners and edges are slightly scuffed. Overall slightly darkened. A small wormhole at the upper right corner. Crease lines in the left side of the sheet.Kuchi-e
are original woodblock prints which were manually produced in the tradition of the former Ukiyo-e
.This image may slightly vary in colour to the original - due to the photo/scan.