Torii Kotondo - Rain
Morning Hair
from the series
"Twelve Aspects of Women" (Volume 1)

by Torii Kotondo

Artist: Torii Kotondo
Print Titles:
  1. Hair Combing;
  2. Iris Kimono;
  3. Misty Spring Moon;
  4. Morning Hair;
  5. Summer Geisha;
  6. Rouge;
Series Title: Twelve Aspects of Women (Volume 1)
Date: Individual prints originally published 1929/1930s.
This edition:
Later limited edition of only 100 albums circa 1980s
Publisher: Ishukankokai
Sheet Size: Large Oban, sheet size about 19 x 13 inches
Condition: Mostly pristine, original 'as new' condition. Full margins. No tears, creases, or folds. See large images below.
Item Code: Kotondo-Set_Volume_1
Price: $3500 (includes EMS express shipping with tracking).
Direct bank transfer or PayPal cash/echeck payment only.
Layaway plan available over 3 to 12 months.
Comments: All prints carry: Kotondo's signature and seal within the image area; Printer and carver seals, red Torii artist's seal, red publisher's 'moneybag' seal (left margin); Watermark in lower left margin;

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Rarely will you see a complete album set of the first volume of Torii Kotondo's "Twelve Aspects of Women". This series was commissioned by the Torii family after Kotondo's death in 1976, and originally published in the mid 1980s by the publisher Ishukankokai as a limited edition of only 100 albums, which were an immediate sell-out due to the popularity and rarity of Kotondo's 'bijin-ga' woodblock prints. The prints have never been framed -- thus explaining their pristine condition.

These 6 prints were selected from among Kotondo's total lifetime output of only 22 bijin-ga woodblock prints, mostly published between the late 20s and early 30s in limited editions of 100 to 200 prints only. Their rarity is such that some prints from this 1980s edition sell for over $2000 each (Morning Hair, Hair Combing), while prints from the original 1930s editions sell for $4000 to $30,000 each.

This entire set weighs around 5 kilograms, and will be carefully packed and shipped using EMS Express Shipping (included in the purchase price).

See also here for a full album set containing all 12 scenes.

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#1 Hair Combing
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#2 Iris Kimono
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#3 Misty Spring Moon

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#4 Morning Hair
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#5 Summer Geisha
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#6 Rouge

The contents of this beautiful album include:

Tatou canvas album The album opened, revealing the 6 print outer folders. The inner folder of the first print.

Layaway Plan

If you prefer, you can choose to purchase this set over a 4 to 12-month period. Each monthly payment will be for the same amount - $875 per month for a 4-month plan and $292 for a 12-month plan, with the first payment being due within 10 days of your order. PayPal credit card payments are available for this plan. Please note that, while some flexibility in varying the payment terms is not a problem, if you choose not to conclude your purchase you will forfeit all moneys previously paid.

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