Shokunin Ezukushi: Jin

About this object


This book is a collection of images of traditional handicrafts, compiled in the early 20th century.
Kubota Beisai 久保田米齊: Shokunin ezukushi 職人繪盡 [Complete illustrations of tradespeople]. 3 vols. Tokyo: Fūzoku Emaki Zuga Kankōkai, 1917-1918.

Physical description

Volume III, titled "People", of a three volume set (with N2.1131, N2.1132). The volume has ten prints that illustrate various arts. All are wood block printed in basic colours of orange, black, green, white, and gold. Many pages are detached from the binding. Each print is preceded by a title page with central Japanese characters indicating what is depicted in the print. Translations are in pencil below these characters. The first print (part i) is titled “Sword Maker”. It depicts a household scene with an old man sitting on the front terrace dipping something into a bucket of water while inside behind him, there are six other people behind him, four who are around a fire and two who are sitting at a long rectangular bench. The second print (part a) is titled “Arrow Maker” (part l). It depicts six men making arrows: two inside a house, two kneeling on the terrace, and two outside. The third (part c) is titled “A Maker of Lacquer Work” (part b). It shows 5 people inside a house and one on an outer porch. All are performing tasks related to lacquer work. The fourth (part d) is titled “Carpenter” (part m) and it depicts six people involved in various aspects of carpentry. The fifth print (part e) titled “Tatami Maker” depicts seven people with two working outside on baskets and carpets, a woman on an outside bench caring for a child, a person carry water through the door, and the rest in the house. The next print (part f), “Embroidery Worker”, depicts five people with three women working around a table doing embroidery while a man is working on the right side on the top floor. Another man is appearing to doze while sitting on the bottom floor. The seventh print (part g) is called “Put on a Pattern” and it depicts nine people. Eight women are inside the house doing sewing work and one man is sitting on the outer terrace with a fan in his hand. The eighth (part j) is titled “Straw Worker” and it shows a man on a bed surrounded by hanging straw mats while a woman is carrying a bucket of water and a tray of food toward him. The last (part h) is called “Bag Maker with Fur” (part k). It depicts six people in a house with many animal skins hanging on the left wall. Three people are inside working with fur three are outside on the terrace, two men working on objects and another kneeling by their sides. Covers are parts n and o.