cooking beauty / 台所美人

November 29, 2010

1983Japan001
*exch. 044 & 045 ( two together )

20 April 1983, Japan
Philatelic Week
‘Kitchen Beauties’ by Utamaro ( 1753? – 1806 )
stamp design: Yoshiaki Kikuchi

This kitchen might be located in a house or outside – so, I sort it in ‘food and cooking’ category.  The original woodblock print is in the collection of Tokyo National Museum, as well as Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

This stamp is well representing details – coiled handles on boiling pot, delicate patterns on Kimono, smoke comes out from the cooker and a lot more.  It is great pleasure to inspect it with a magnifier.

1983Japan001-2

昭和58年4月20日発行
原画:喜多川歌麿 ( 宝暦3年? – 文化3年 )『台所美人』
切手デザイン:菊地吉晃

虫メガネでじっくり観察すると本当に楽しい一枚です。着物の柄、しなやかな手に握られた包丁と丸ナス、釜の持ち手についたコイル状の針金、炉から吹き出る煙。小さな切手にこのディテールを再現したデザイナーと印刷職人の心意気に拍手をおくります。

元になった木版画は東京国立博物館ボストン美術館に収蔵されています。

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