Japanese Album of Photographs Showing the Construction of the Atelier of Kodama Kibo and a Teahouse for Yamada Soyu
Album containing approximately 142 black and white photographs, the first portion showing the construction of the residence/atelier of Kodama Kibo, an artist from Hiroshima who needed a larger space to accommodate his many students and disciples, the second portion with photographs and elevations showing the construction of a teahouse for Yamada Soyu, a tea ceremony grand master, together with four laid-in tissue paper sheets of elevated architectural drawings in pencil. Many photographs with hand-written captions in Japanese. Some pages with loose or missing photos, others mounted on album leaves with photo corners. 4to. Fabric-covered boards with rubbed gold-painted title to front cover. (n.p.) circa 1939. Kodama Kibo was born in Hiroshima in 1898, studied under an important Meiji-period artist, Kawai Gyokudo, and exhibited at the Teiten and Nitten shows. He took on numerous students during his lifetime, and with a group of them was responsible for restoring the dragon on the ceiling of the Benten-do Temple, which was damaged during World War II. Yamada Soyu was the 8th Grand Master of the Sohen-ryu school for Japanese tea ceremony, and taught in Turkey early in his career, counting among his students the future Atatürk.This album provides an interesting glimpse into pre-war Japanese construction techniques with designs and buildings created for two important figures. The album itself may have belonged to an architect who worked on the projects. (Inventory #: 48263)
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