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Onna Kasen. Artist’s book. Japan, 19th century

Onna Kasen An artist’s book with texts by the best Japanese poetesses from the 7th to 14th centuries. Japan, 19th century.  Photo Quico/CDMT

Onna Kasen
An artist’s book with texts by the best Japanese poetesses from the 7th to 14th centuries.
Japan, 19th century. 
Photo Quico/CDMT

This is an artist’s book with an accordion fold spine containing 36 poems written in kanji characters. Each poem is accompanied by a lamina depicting a female figure in relief and dressed in an elegant junihitoe-type kimono. The book is titled “Onna Kasen” and is an anthology of the best poems written by two of the best-known Japanese poetesses from the Heian and Kamakura periods.

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