Artwork Details for Tokuriki, Tomikichiro "Akita Namahage Festival"

Tokuriki, Tomikichiro - Akita Namahage Festival - 秋田 なまはげ

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Akita Namahage Festival - 秋田 なまはげ
by Tokuriki, Tomikichiro - 徳力富吉郎

Artist:Tokuriki, Tomikichiro - 徳力富吉郎
Title:Akita Namahage Festival - 秋田 なまはげ
Publisher:Matsukyu - まつ九
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Double Oban - 特大版, 50 x 38.3cm (image size)
Condition:Good. Light natural age toning. Paper loss at bottom right corner and a few tears from right margin edge (one almost reaches the image area). Top right margin corner reattached.
Price: Sold
Artwork Code:9687-Tokuriki_Tomikichiro
Notes:Rarely seen limited editon double-oban sized print by Tokuriki. Title and artist signature at lower left. Artist signature and "First edition of 200 prints" note at lower right in margin.
From "Though this New Year's Eve ritual is observed throughout Oga, all yhat is known of its origins is that it is an old and important folk-cultural event.

Namahage, played by young men in domenic masks and traditional straw garments, make the rounds of houses in their village. They burst into these houses searching for new community members like young wives and children.

In an inimitable throaty scream, the Namahage encourage (order?) these newcomers to work and study hard, and obey their parents or in-laws.

Other household members "protect" their relatives, assuring the Namahage that they are good people. The Namahage are then placated with a little sake and some food."
Artist Biography:
TOKURIKI TOMIKICHIRO(1902 - 1999) - Tokuriki was born and raised in Kyotoand was influenced by the local art scene from childhood. He stayed in Kyotofor his entire career and was a leader of the Kyoto Sosaku Hanga. He graduated from the KyotoCity School of Fine Arts and Crafts and after that from the KyotoCity Specialist School of Painting. While he began his career in the painting field, he found his true calling in the woodblock print field and was enthusiastic about the reemergence of woodblock prints in 20th century Japanese art. He was influential in the development of new artists later in his career and set up his own publishing company called Matsukyu.
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