Emperor’s hat / 天皇の烏帽子

September 2, 2009

1915Japan001

10 November 1915,  Japan
Enthronement of Emperor Yoshihito
letterpress
designer: Chuichi Isobe
engraver: Shigeo Morimoto / centre, Kingoro Mizutani / frame

I could not imagine quality of typography print until I saw this stamp in fresh.  Although it is off centred when it was printed, the plate had been very neat and carefully curved.  Expression of shadow behind the hat is excellent.

1915Japan001-3

大正4年11月10日発行
大正大礼記念
デザイン:磯辺忠一
凸版彫刻:森本茂雄(中央部)/ 水谷金五郎(輪郭)

カタログ図版で見ていた時にはこの切手の美しさはよく分かりませんでしたが、実物を手にして見て、凸版の線の細かさを考えると、当時の技術と忍耐強い仕事に感動すらおぼえます。線の強弱のみで描かれた烏帽子と後ろの影も素晴らしい。

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