1957. Item #90083
KAMAKURA Yoshitarô & Kamakura Shizue, artists. RYÛKYÛ BINGATA & RYÛKYÛ BINGATA Dai Nishû. Kyoto: Kyoto Shoin. Two huge cloth portfolios, the earlier, 62.5 x 49.5 cm, issued in 1957 as a limited edition (unspecified limitation) of all 20 bingata stencil prints on lovely handmade paper, but without the small stenciled plate originally laid onto the absent title page and without the portfolio cover. It was printed by Kamakura Yoshitaro (1898-1983) and his wife, Shizue. The second portfolio is approximately the same size, again with 20 large prints, and a laid down plate on the title page, as well as a stenciled cloth image laid down on the outside of the portfolio. It was printed in an edition of only 10 copies in 1967, created by Kamakura, assisted in this effort by his daughter. Kamakura himself was a great scholar of Okinawan art and a master of the Okinawan technique of stencil printing, related to katazome, called bingata. As such he was recognized by the Japanese government as a Living National Treasure. These are undoubtedly his central masterpieces, created when he was at the height of his powers, in such tiny numbers as to render this complete series in our possession for all intents and purposes, virtually unique. The prints are clean and quite amazing. The most important artifact of the folk art print movement we have ever handled.