A Large Format Katagami: Stylized 'Moderne' Farm Scene
ca. early Twentieth century
20 3/4" x 20 3/4", 53 cm x 53 cm, sheet
14" x 14 1/2", 36 cm x 37 cm, image
This stencil, or katagami, is hand cut by a master artisan; the paper is a mulberry paper saturated with green persimmon tannin (kaki shibu); these papers are placed in stacks of about 5-7 pieces, which the artisan cuts at once, as a group. Almost all of the katagami in Japan were cut in Ise, on the Shima peninsula, near one of Japan's holiest Shinto shrines. Often katagami are referred to as Ise katagami.
This stencil shows what appears to be very stylized, very 'moderne'--and very small--images that may be a kind of farm or pastoral scene: note what appear to be farmhouses, trees, chickens and the like. Very fun stuff. Note as well the cloudy appearance to the stencil's face, shown in detail photos.