Jul 09, 2020 - Sale 2540

Sale 2540 - Lot 389

Price Realized: $ 281
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(STORYTELLING.) Bokura No Chikara. Set of 16 large offset color-lithographed kamishibai plates (including the cover title). 10 1/2x15 inches; light age toning and foxing. Showa 17 (1942)

Additional Details

Kamishibai performers used these illustrations displayed within a miniature stage to narrate shows on the street corners of Japan. The stories were designed to impart a sense of nationalism and morality to children.

The present set of plates is a story of the Japanese army fighting Chiang Kai-Shek during the Second Sino-Japanese war. The artwork is either taken directly from, or playfully in the style of children's drawings.

together with: Nogi Shogun. Set of 9 offset color-printed kamishibai plates. 7x10 inches; minor wear. Showa 19 (1944). The story of General Nogi Maresuke, a hero of the Russo-Japanese war and a symbol of Japanese nationalistic loyalty and self-sacrifice.