Eight Shadow Figures

Eight Shadow Figures

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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

A stamped and numbered archival pigment print on Somerset Satin 330gsm paper, available in 2 sizes, based on an original woodblock print c.1842, published by Jōshūya Jūzō / Jūbei

"The three prints in Hiroshige's New Edition of Shadow Making series were probably considered omocha-e (toy pictures) intended for children. Creating shadows through hand gestures was a common pastime for children, and such pictures would have helped them build their repertoire. The eight patterns presented here (clockwise from upper right) are a turtle on a rock, a man wearing a Chinese-style hat, a rabbit, a shachihoko (a legendary creature with the head of a dragon and the body of a dolphin), an owl, a fox, a snail and a crow. Three include written instructions on how to make the shadows move: "open your fingers within your sleeve to move the owl's wings," "draw up your knee for the fox's back," "move the chopsticks up and down [snail]." - The Minneapolis Institute of Art

As featured in 'Jeux de mains' by Cécile Poimbœuf-Koizumi & Stephen Ellcock, (published by Chose Commune, January 2021)

 

*Due to an unfortunate accident involving his right arm and hand, Stephen is currently unable to sign the certificates of authenticity. Instead he has volunteered to mark each certificate with his left thumbprint, which seems uniquely appropriate for this edition!

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