blocky black and white image divided in sections; contorted figure at L with mouth opened, looking up; white tower with black text at R; two figures bottom C holding a pot of metal; stick figures at R stoking a kiln; two figures pulling rope nearby

Colophon (part 1), July 1957

Amano Kazumi

Woodblock print; ink on paper

Gift of Sue Y.S. Kimm and Seymour Grufferman 2019.78.41

On View in Gallery 226

These prints are part of an album of ten sheets about the Ironmongers’ Marching Song (Yagaefu) related to the Iron Foundry at Kanayamachi district in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, where the artist was born. The song and dance are still performed during the Goin festival on June 19th in honor of Lord Maeda Toshinaga (1562–1614) who died on that day. Around 400 years ago, Lord Maeda had invited seven metal casters to Takaoka and laid the foundation for the metal industry in this area. The album consists of seven sheets, one for each song, front and back covers and an explanatory sheet.

Image: In Copyright. Gift of Sue Y.S. Kimm and Seymour Grufferman

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