Lead white, to-no-tsuchi

Lead white, to-no-tsuchi

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One of a set of four glass bottles of powdered or crystalized pigment used in Japanese printmaking. GA 3211.16a is the white pigment. Two paper labels, one in Japanese, the other marked "No. 16" presumably in reference to the drawing of these bottles in GA 3209.4. According to Tokuno's description, these colors-- white, red, blue, and yellow--were used to print the triptych series Inaka genji (the rustic genji), GA*03212-03216.
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overall: 8 cm x 3 cm; 3 5/32 in x 1 3/16 in
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Gift of T. Tokuno, Chief of the Japanese Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Insatsukyoku), 1889-90
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National Museum of American History
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